C-801 (CSS-N-4 Sardine)

Operator: Iran Yemen
Status: In Service In Service
Number: Around 200 25
Acquired: 1987-1994 1995
General Specs:
Country of origin: China
Manufacturer: China Haiying Electro-Mechanical Technology Academy (CHETA)
Introduced: Preliminary designs appeared in 1975; certified for serive in 1987.
Range: 4.97 – 24.85 miles (8 – 40 km)
Warhead: Semi-armor piercing anti-personnel blast warhead; 363.76 lbs HE (165 kg)
Weight: 1377.89 lbs (625 kg)
Length: 19.06 ft (5.84 m)
Diameter: 1.18 ft (0.36 m)
Wingspan: 3.87 ft (1.18 m)
Propellant: 1 x Solid rocket engine + 1 x Solid booster
Guidance System: Terminal guidance radar with monopulse system that possesses anti-jamming capabilities
High precision radio altimeter
Accuracy: 75% single shot probability
Launch Platform: Capable of use on speedboats, submarines, and surface ships
Misc: Said to be derived from the French Exocet missile;
Slim cylinder with an ovoid nose, fixed trapezoid wings and short fins at the end of its body.



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