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DSA 2018: China unveils new Fire Dragon missile

23rd April 2018 - 03:44 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Kuala Lumpur

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Beijing-based Norinco unveiled its Fire Dragon 280A tactical missile for the AR3 multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

The 290km-range missile, armed with a 480kg warhead, skirts the legal limit under the international Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) that prohibits the export of missiles with a range of 300km and armed with 500kg warheads.

The eight-wheeled AR3 launcher can carry two missiles and is capable of hitting targets on land and sea. The 750mm-calibre missile is one of the largest tactical missiles available for export by China.

Capable of precision strikes or area suppression, other

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Wendell Minnick

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Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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