|Manufacturer:||NORINCO - China North Industries Group Corporation - CNGC|
|Product type:||Armoured Vehicles|
China Northern Industries Group Corporation (CNGC) revealed a land-based version of the Type 730 shipboard seven-barrelled 30mm close-in weapon system (CIWS) during the 2005 Intentional Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The weapon system, debuted LuDun-2000 (LD-2000), was aimed for the export market. A further improved model incorporating the TY-90 surface-to-air missile (SAM) was introduced in 2006.
The LD-2000 is similar in concept to the Israeli and U.S. truck-based air defence systems developed from the Raytheon 20mm Phalanx CIWS. The weapon system can be used stand along to provide point air defence for high-value strategic targets against aircraft and cruise missiles, or deployed as a part of a multi-layer air defence system comprising surface-to-air missiles (SAM) and anti-aircraft artillery weapons.
The LD-2000 features a seven-barrelled cannon, which appears to be similar to the Dutch Golkeeper CIWS. The prototype of the LD-2000 is mounted on a Chinese locally developed 8X8 truck, but a newer model incorporating the CIWS with SAM is seen mounted on a Wanshan WS-2400 (Chinese copy of the Russian MAZ543 missile TEL) 8X8 heavy-duty wheeled chassis, which provides better cross-country capability. Four hydraulic stabilisers are lowered to the ground when the system is in combat mode.
The remotely controlled 30mm cannon turret is mounted on the rear of the truck. Two ammunition boxes each hold 500 rounds of ready-use ammunition (HEAT and Discarding Sabot Armoured Piercing). One magazine would typically hold armour piercing discarding sabot and the other high explosives. The empty cartridge cases are ejected forwards out of the lower part of the mount. The seven-barrelled 30mm cannon is driven by external power, with a maximum cyclic rate of fire of 4,600~5,800 rounds/min. The cannon has a maximum range of 3,000m, but targets are typically engaged at a distance of 1,000~1,500m.
Six ready-to-launch TY-90 missiles are contained in box-shape launchers. The missile has a specially designed seeker for attacking helicopters that operate in near earth environments with strong sources interference. The missile also has a 3kg HE warhead to ensure enough damage to the armour-protected attack helicopter gunships. The operation range for the missile is 300m to 6km.
A Type 347G tracking radar is mounted on the roof of the cannon turret, along with a day/thermal sighting system, which also incorporates a laser rangefinder. The cannon is operated by a gunner in the fully enclosed module to the behind the cab. The AAA/SAM version of the system also features a low-altitude target search radar mounted on top of a mast located near the driving cab. If necessary, the weapon system could also work with a stand along target acquisition radar with longer detection range.