Early model YJ-8 with fixed wings and associated ribbed launcher on display during a military parade.
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The YJ-8 is an anti-ship missile of Chinese origin. It was developed as a more capable alternative to the larger and slower anti-ship missiles in Chinese service. The design is patterned after, but not a direct copy of, the French MM38 Exocet missile. The YJ-8 is a sea skimming anti-ship missile with active radar homing in the terminal phase. The solid propellant rocket motor makes the YJ-8 less difficult to operate and much smaller than the Chinese models of the P-15 Termit. This allows for more missiles to be carried on ships. The air launched YJ-81 and submarine launched YJ-82 are based on the design of the YJ-8. The more capable YJ-83 is used on the latest generation of Chinese surface vessels.
China developed the longer range and more capable YJ-83 as the successor to the YJ-8A.
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