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The unique FT-2000 is a long-range (up to 100 km) ground-launched ARM system developed by the China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC). The existence of the CPMIEC FT-2000 SAM was revealed late in 1998 when it was reported that the first version to be deployed featured an anti-radiation missile (ARM), which is the first of its kind in the world. The ARM is designed to engage airborne jammer aircraft and Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft at long ranges.
It was reported that unknown number of the FT-2000 may have already been equipped by the PLAAF air defence forces based in Fujian Province near Taiwan Strait, where the FT-2000s are co-located along with Russia-made S-300PMU1 SAMs, but this has yet be confirmed. The FT-2000 has risen potential concern that this missile will pose a serious threat to Taiwan's US-made E-2T early warning planes.
When the missile detects and locks on to the radar or jammer, it can home on the target autonomously at 1,200 m/s while sustaining a 14 G overload. The FT-2000 can also be used in co-operation with friendly aircraft when the onboard rader warning receiver detects hostile signal. In addition, the FT-2000 missile has a built-in inertial navigation system, so that whenever it has acquired a lock-on, it will continue towards the target even if the emitter is shut down (although the CEP is larger in this case).
The FT-2000 has a slant range of 12 km to 100 km up to an altitude of 18 km. It weighs 1,300 kg at launch. When fired in a salvo of two missiles, the FT-2000A has a kill probability of 0.95. The FT-2000's proximity fuze has an effective range of 35 metres, which goes active when the missile is 5 km away from its target.