[PL-15] Active Radar-Guided very long range AA missile (霹雳-15)
Active Radar-Guided very long range AA missile
The PL-15 (Chinese: 霹雳-15; pinyin: Pī Lì-15; lit.: ‘Thunderbolt-15’) is an active radar-guided very long range air-to-air missile developed by the People’s Republic of China.
PL-15 range: 200km
PL-21 range: 400km
The PL-15 entered military service in 2016 and is carried by the Chengdu J-10C, Shenyang J-16 and the Chengdu J-20 aircraft.
The missile features an active electronically scanned array radar, and has a range exceeding 200 km – comparable to that of the Russian R-37 missile. It is 4 meters long and incorporates a dual-thrust rocket motor, capable of a speed of Mach 4.
A reported PL-15 missile with a range of over 400 km carried by a J-16 fighter may actually be the PL-21 missile.