The Guided WM-80 (or Guardian 2) is a battlefield short-range, road-mobile, solid propellant ballistic missile system designed for military bombardment. It is the guided version of the WM-80, an unguided rocket artillery system deployed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1983. The Guided WM-80 is deployed on TA-550 8 x 8 Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) vehicles.
The Guided WM-80 system launches a 150 kg warhead up to a range of 280 km. This warhead can be equipped with conventional high explosives, designed for either a large blast or fragmentation, or 380 small submunitions. The missile uses inertial navigation with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system. The resulting accuracy is unknown, but is likely quite high. Each missile has a launch weight of 505 kg, a length of 4.58 m and a body diameter of .273 m. The TEL vehicle weighs 34,000 kg when loaded with the maximum of 8 WM-80 missiles and can reach speeds of up to 70 km/hr (43 mph) on the road.
The Guided WM-80 was first displayed in 2002. No known test launches have occurred. It is unlcear if the Guided WM-80 is operational or terminated. The unguided WM-80 may have been sold to Armenia in 1999. 1
- Lennox, Duncan. “Guided WM-80” Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems (Offensive Weapons). June 15, 2011. (accessed September 12, 2012). ↩