The Hongjian-9, also known as the AFT-9A anti-tank missile launcher, has the capability to destroy all tanks and armored vehicles in service around the world, according to our sister paper Want Daily.
Designed by the China North Industries Corporation, the AFT-9A's laser-guided missile claims to have an armor penetration of 1,200mm.
This makes the AFT-9A a true tank killer that can penetrate all types of armor currently in use. When facing non-armored point targets, bunkers and fortifications, the AFT-9A's missile can be fitted with either high-explosive warheads or thermal effect warheads. The maximum firing range of the missile is 5,000 meters.
China has devoted huge amounts of resources in developing tanks and armored vehicles for the People's Liberation Army for future conflict.
One unnamed defense expert told state-run China National Radio that the HJ-12 is the other deadly tank killer in the Chinese arsenal. Run using a fire-and-forget system which does not require further guidance after launch of a missile, the expert said that HJ-12 can reduce the number of casualties on the battlefield because fewer crews are needed to operate it.
It also allows operators to immediately take cover or reload to engage another target as another missile is going off. When engaging enemy tanks and armored vehicles, the HJ-12 aims to destroy the top of its targets which the expert said is the more vulnerable point.
The HJ-12 can also be used to shoot down enemy helicopters at low altitude.