posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 06:24 PM
Here is some info of the FT-2000 some of you guys were talking about
FT-2000 Anti-Radiation Surface-to-Air Missile
Although being generally regarded as the most effective means of air defence, the current high- and medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems
such as the U.S. Patriot and Russian S-300 (SA-10) are still insufficient when enemy ‘leakers’ can launch their attacks by taking advantage of
barrage electronic jamming tactics. Most current high- and medium-range SAM systems are vulnerable to disruption from S- and C-Band airborne noise and
deception jammers, used for the temporary suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) with lethal effect.
A novel solution to this operational handicap is the integration of ground-launched passive anti-radiation missiles (ARM) with the deployed high- and
medium-range SAM systems that will provide hardened air defence. Such ARMs must target and successfully neutralise airborne standoff jammers. Thus, in
addition to homing on to radar frequencies, the ground-launched ARM must also incorporate a 'home-on-jam' capability, including the option to home
on airborne or land-based jammers which try to disrupt the ever more important GPS navigation system (used by many of the latest precision-guided
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.
The FT-2000 could be deployed as a stand-alone air defence system or deployed as part of another system. A complete FT-2000 battalion probably would
consist of a command platoon and three batteries. The missile is transported and launched on an 8 X 8 cross-country TEL, which has four canisters that
look almost identical to those used in the S-300PMU1.
Some sources have speculated that the FT-2000's missile is based on Russian 5V55 series SAM but with a new active seeker that may have been developed
with assistance of other countries. Like the normal version of Russian 5V55, the FT-2000 is cold-launched.
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.
For the detection and localisation of hostile radar emissions and jammers the FT-2000 makes use of four ground-based Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
sensor posts, each of which is mounted on wheeled vehicles and can together track 50 targets simultaneously. The ESM sensor posts are deployed at a
distance 30km from each other. The missile launchers are deployed near the central ESM sensor station at a distance of 150 metres.
The FT-2000 can also be used in conjunction with surveillance and target acquisition radars of the 3-D non-phased-array type. CPMIEC is now developing
an active phased-array radar will be used for fire-control of future variants of the FT-2000.
A complete FT-2000A Battalion consists of a Command Platoon and three Batteries, each equipped with one central ESM sensor station and three auxiliary
ESM stations, two power supply vehicles, 12 mobile launchers equipped with missiles in three motorised vehicles (with four launchers each), and 12
transportation and loading vehicles.
Future variants of the FT2000A will incorporate a GPS receivers to greatly increase hit accuracy when radar lock on is lost after emitter switch-off,
because GPS guidance will keep the missile within a narrow box towards the last known emitter position.
Missile length: 6.8 m
Missile diameter: 0.47 m
Missile wingspan: N/A
Launch weight: 1,300 kg
Propulsion: Solid rocket booster
Operating Altitude: 3 ~ 20 Km
Slant Range: 12 ~ 100 km
Maximum Speed: N/A
Guidance: Passive radar
Single Shot Hit Probability: N/A
Sounds like a decent AWACS destroyer