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NORINCO HJ-73 (Red Arrow-73)


Man-Portable / Vehicular Anti-Tank Guided-Missile Weapon (ATGM) System


China | 1979



"The Chinese HJ-73 Red Arrow Anti-Tank Guided-Missile System is a locally-produced Chinese copy of the Soviet-era 9M14 Malyutka."

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NORINCO HJ-73 (Red Arrow-73). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
9,845 ft
3,000.8 m | 3,281.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
4
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Physical
The physical qualities of the NORINCO HJ-73 (Red Arrow-73). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,005 mm
39.57 in
O/A Length
860 mm
33.86 in
Barrel Length
22.05 lb
10.00 kg
Weight
Not Available.
Action
125mm
Caliber(s)
Single-Shot, Reusable Launcher.
Feed
Integrated Optics Set.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the NORINCO HJ-73 (Red Arrow-73) Man-Portable / Vehicular Anti-Tank Guided-Missile Weapon (ATGM) System family line.
HJ-73 "Red Arrow-73" - Base Series Name; MCLOS (Manual Command-to-Line-Of-Sight).
HJ-73B - SACLOS (Semi-Automatic Command-to-Line-Of-Sight).
HJ-73C ("SACLOS+") - With stand-off probe for improved performance against ERA-protected vehicles.
HJ-73D ("SACLOS++") - With tandem HEAT warhead for improved armor-defeating performance.


Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/08/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

The Chinese defense industry, namely NORINCO (China NORth INdustries COrporation) manufactures the Soviet-era 9M14 "Malyutka" (NATO codename of AT-3 "Sagger") Manual Command-to-Line-of-Sight (MCLOS), wire-guided Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) weapon system under the HJ-73 "Hongjian" ("Red Arrow") name. It retains all of the form-and-function of the Soviet model with four major localized variants developed under the HJ-73 primary designation. These include the base HJ-73 of 1979, the HJ-73B which introduced a SACLOS ("Semi-Automatic Command-to-Line-of-Sight") functionality, the HJ-73C with SACLOS and a stand-off probe assembly (the latter for improved results against Explosive Reactive Armor - ERA - blocks), and the HJ-73D SACLOS unit with its High-Explosive, Anti-Tank (HEAT) armor-defeating tandem warhead.

The 9M14 deserves note in Soviet military lore as becoming its first man-portable ATGM solution and the weapon has been used in its varied forms throughout countless wars including the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Yom Kippur War (1973), the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and, more recently the Syrian Civil War (2011) and the Saudi-Yemen War (2015-Present). It has a proven track record and multi-role battlefield capability, able to engage armored/unarmored vehicles as well as fortified positions. Design work took place in the early 1960s yet, despite this, the weapon system continues to have an immense reach on the modern battlefield.

The Chinese military has an inventory of thousands of these weapon systems. The Red Arrow line features effective engagement ranges between 500 and 3,000 meters giving attack crews a good "reach" against far-ranging targets. The 125mm caliber missile travels at speeds of 115 to 130 meters-per-second. The weapon is a flexible enough to be fired from its prepared launcher unit or from a vehicle / aircraft.

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Contractor(s): China NORth INDustries COrporation (NORINCO) - China
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