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The HJ-8C (Chinese: 红箭-8C式反坦克导弹; renamed AFT08C after new nomenclature) is a Chinese air-to-ground missile. The HJ-8C is one of the variant of HJ-8 family with revised warhead with tandem probe; these missiles would be the go-to missile for PLAGF after its certification before being replaced by later HJ-8 with new guidance system and low-profile tripod.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

Missile characteristics
Mass 11.4 kg
Guidance Semi-automatic (SACLOS)
Maximum speed 250 m/s
Missile guidance time 16 secs
Firing range 3 km
Explosive mass 2.01 kg TNTeq
Armour penetration 590 mm

Effective damage

Like its predecessor, the HJ-8C does explosion damage upon hitting the surface of the vehicles. The jet stream of molten metal will also cause shrapnel damages to internal modules and crews of vehicles, alternatively the blast will cause overpressure damage to very light vehicles.

Comparison with analogues

  • HJ-8A - The HJ-8C's predecessor, outperformed in all aspects especially on penetration
  • BGM-71C I-TOW- The later variant of TOW; HJ-8C still lags behind in most aspects, especially damage and range.
  • 9M114 Shturm - Outperformed in most aspects especially in speed and range, while having even less penetration than the HJ-8C

Usage in battles

By the time HJ-8C entered service, the missile itself was still lagged behind mainstreams of ATGMs at barely 600 mm penetration and rather slow flying speed, as well as the very suicidal 3 km firing range for helicopter (where MANPADS or autocannons will have no problem taking out HJ-8C's carrier out with ease). This will be the case in game as well and at its BR, players has to be extra careful with when and who to fire upon due to the aforementioned flaws. The HJ-8C is a tandem missile with sufficient penetration against tanks like T-64BV at higher impact angles even with its ERA equipped, but 590 mm is still relatively low to its counterparts albeit most of them are single-stage warheads. Plan ahead and strike enemies from where they wouldn't have expected or sneak up on their flanks and make sure every shot counts as the explosive content is rather low.

Pros and cons


  • Higher penetration than its predecessors with tandem warhead
  • Sufficiently large calibre for a missile


  • Retained relatively low explosive content for devastating damages
  • Still slower than its counterparts
  • Rather short firing range at 3 km


Main article: HJ-8A

Due to the lack of information on later variants, the only known occasion of its first appearance was in a certain country where both the HJ-8C/E and BGM-71 TOW were competing for the market in 1996[1]; the new missile featured a revised warhead with tandem probe for better penetration against ERA and is slightly heavier than its predecessors.


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See also

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Hellfire  AGM-114B Hellfire · AGM-114K Hellfire II
Maverick  AGM-65A · AGM-65B · AGM-65D
TOW  BGM-71 · BGM-71A · BGM-71B · BGM-71C
SAM  FIM-92 Stinger · MIM-72 · MIM146
Naval SAM  RIM-24A
AAM  AIM-9B FGW.2 Sidewinder · Flz Lwf 63/80
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SAM  Roland
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ATGM  3M7 · 9M14 · 9M113 Konkurs · 9M114 Shturm · 9M123 Khrizantema · 9M133 · 9M133FM3 · 9M133M-2
SAM  95Ya6 · 9M311 · 9M311-1M · 9M331 · 9M37M
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AGM  AS.12 · ZT-6 Mokopa
AShM  AJ.168
ATGM  BAe Swingfire · MILAN · MILAN 2 · ZT3
SAM  Starstreak
AGM  Ki-148 I-Go Model 1B
ATGM  Type 64 MAT · Type 79 Jyu-MAT
SAM  Type 81 SAM-1C · Type 91
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AGM  AKD-9 · AKD-10 · HJ-8A · HJ-8C · HJ-8E · HJ-8H
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SAM  Roland · VT1
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AGM  Rb05A · RB 53 Bantam · RB 55B Heli TOW · RB 55C Heli TOW · RB 75
ATGM  Rbs 55 · Rbs 56
SAM  Rbs 70
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ATGM  Spike-MR
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  1. Cai Yinsheng. Song of Red Arrow Vol.3, Ordnance Knowledge Vol 05(2014):61-63. doi:10.19437/j.cnki.11-1470/tj.2014.05.019.