Chinese companies are increasingly entering the international arm markets, pushing missile systems at the 13th annual 2012 Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition held from April 16-19 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, writes defense expert Wendell Minnick in Defense News.
The China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC) is marketing three truck-mounted transporter erector launcher (TEL) missile systems: BP-12A, KS-1A, and FD-2000.
Of the three, the BP-12A surface-to-surface missile weapon system can carry a 480-kg warhead within ranges of 80 km to 280 km, just short of the 300-km range and 500-kg payload export restriction under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
The BP-12A first appeared at the eighth Zhuhai Airshow in 2010 and is a shortened variant of the B611 short-range ballistic missile. According to CPMIEC brochure obtained at DSA, the BP-12A is “used to attack various important targets with campaign depth, such as missile site, rocket and longer ranger artillery site, communication center, troop concentration site, logistics supply base, and technical support center.”
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