14:43 GMT03 March 2021
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    The new generation of Chinese cruise missiles will be created using modular construction technology, according to the director of the main department of development of the Third Academy of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) Wang Changqing.

    Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.
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    The Third Academy CASIC is a leading Chinese manufacturer of cruise missiles that operate on land, sea and air.

    The company has developed a large number of cruise missiles for the Chinese Army. The modular construction involves rocket configuration for specific tasks and goals.

    “We plan to take the approach of plug and play in developing new cruise missiles, which will enable our military leadership to configure cruise missiles according to military conditions and specific requirements,” Changqing said.

    According to him, the new missiles will have a high level of artificial intelligence.

    “Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation allowing commanders to monitor them in real time or use them for automated real time navigation, as well as add more tasks during the flight,” Changqing said.

    The director added that the creation of such rockets will help reduce costs for the purchase of ammunition.

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