The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight and man-portable precision missile system at the 2016 China International Aviation Exhibition Center (Airshow China) in Zhuhai in early November.Are you getting the force of connection here? We're talking about UAVs and Cyber Warfare Marines while the Chinese are increasing the firepower of their Squads and Companies.
Designated the Xiu Jian (Hidden Blade) lightweight multirole missile weapon system, it is designed primarily for use by dismounted troops and special forces to enable them to engage low flying aircraft such as helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as soft-skinned land platforms and structures. The company also claims that the missile is effective against lightly armoured vehicles.
While development is still in its early stages and specifications are likely to evolve as work progresses, IHS Jane's understands from CASC that the Hidden Blade missile will measure approximately 690 mm long and 60 mm in diameter, with a launch weight of 4 kg.
The missile is carried and fired from a lightweight plastic polymer tube launcher equipped with a photoelectric sight, deploying four short chord flip-out rectangular wings at mid-body immediately after being launched to stabilise it in flight and employing its four flip-out tailfins to steer it to engage aerial and surface threats up to 2 km and 3 km away respectively, with a minimum engagement range of 150 m for both modes.
Wouldn't you love to see a new Marine Corps MOS? How about a Lightweight Missile Man (person if you're being PC)? One guy could operate and carry what 8 missiles? His assistant could carry another 8 and additional rounds could be carried by members of the Squad!
You would instantly increase the power of the Expeditionary Rifle Squad and make them much more lethal on the battlefield.
Regardless, we're concentrating on information warfare while the Chinese are becoming more deadly KINETICALLY! If we're not careful we're gonna be seriously outgunned but have perfect situational awareness on what's gonna kill our Marines.