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Chinese CX-1 Cruise Missile Better Than Indo-Russian BrahMos

After China’s CX-1 supersonic cruise missile, displayed at the recent
Zhuhai Airshow
, was noted to resemble India’s BrahMos missile, the
Beijing-based Sina Military Network undertook a comparison between the
Chinese and Indian missile.

The Chaoxun-1 missile designed by China Aerospace Science and
Technology Corporation
has earned the nickname Cahoxi 1 (“Copy 1” in
English) because of its uncanny similarity to the BrahMos missile
jointly developed by Russia and India. However, Wang Hongpo, the chief
designer of the missile, said the CX-1 is a completely new design. Wang
said it has different wings, aerodynamic guidance and jet vane.

Under the restrictions of the Missile Technology Control Regime, the
attacking range of cruise missiles like the CX-1 and BrahMos can not
exceed 300 kilometers. Wang said this is the main reason the CX-1 shares
many similar characteristics with the BrahMos. Sina Military Network
noted that the CX-1 flies faster than the Indian missile. It is capable
of reaching a speed of Mach 3 at 17,000 meters, whereas the BrahMos can
only reach Mach 2.6 at an altitude of 14,000 meters.


CX-1 Cruise Missile
CX-1 Cruise Missile
CX-1 Cruise Missile
CX-1 Cruise Missile

Launched against targets in low altitude, the speed of the CX-1 is
Mach 2.3., while the Russian-built P-800 Oniks on which the BrahMos is
designed can only reach Mach 2. Sina Military Network said the CX-1’s
ramjet engine
may be better than the solid rocket motor of the P-800.
However, it pointed out that the attack range of CX-1 can be reduced to
40 kilometers at low trajectories while the Russian missile can travel
120 kilometers.

Since the BrahMos is designed to conduct attacks below an altitude of
500 meters, the Sina Military Network said the Indian missile is
unsuitable for actual combat situations. Though India plans to produce
2,000 BrahMos, only 200 of them have been produced, the report said,
adding that the proof of the CX-1’s superiority will rest in how many
nations wish to purchase it.