China Develops “Ultrafast” Anti-Missile Interceptor

On May 27, the state-owned China Daily reported that China had developed a “new type of ultrafast anti-missile interceptor.” China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC), the country’s major developer of air defense systems, was in charge of the project. Although CASIC did not provide specifics on the interceptors’ capabilities, experts said the descriptions indicate its range should be from 10 km to 100 km and its minimum velocity around 12,000 km/h.

According to China’s Defense Ministry, the country successfully completed three land-based, midcourse missile intercept tests in 2010, 2013 and 2014. It is unclear whether this new interceptor is an improvement to existing systems, or a different platform entirely.

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Missile Defense Project, "China Develops “Ultrafast” Anti-Missile Interceptor," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 5, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018,