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The Algerian Army is the First Customer for China’s New Shoulder-Mounted HJ-12 Anti-Missile System

In a somewhat surprising move, the Chinese military will not be the first client to get its hands on the new HJ-12 (红箭-12) shoulder-mounted anti-tank missile system produced by the large state-owned weapons contractor NORINCO. That honor will instead go to the Algerian army. It bought an unknown quantity of the new weapon, which is similar to the U.S.-made Javelin.

The HJ-12 is a so-called “fire and forget” system, where the missile will be guided autonomously to its target while the operator can quickly take cover and reload.

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