Encyclopedia Astronautica
Chinese ASAT


Chinese military anti-satellite system. Study 2007. On 11 January 2007 a Chinese homing vehicle launched by a ballistic missile from Xichang intercepted and destroyed a Chinese FY-1C satellite at 850 km altitude.

The intercept, presumably by a suborbital vehicle, was said to have used a ballistic missile for launch, as opposed to the air-launch technique demonstrated by the United States in the 1980's or the co-orbital technique used by the Soviet Union in the 1960's. It would be most equivalent to the KE ASAT developed in the United States in the 1990's but never flown. No other details were available. For the mission flown a version of the existing DF-21 or JL-1 intermediate range missiles would be sufficient.

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