HJ-73 is a short-ranged ATGM built to replace the AT-3 Sagger in some roles in Chinese service. The Chinese felt that the Sagger was too heavy a system for general use in their army, and so developed a lighter, more portable system. The HJ-73 is also fired from vehicles in place of the Sagger. Later the Chinese developed an improved version, the HJ-73B, using a more advanced SACLOS interface and a better missile; however, the HJ-73B was only a stopgap measure until the HJ-8 production ramped up, and it is the rarest version of the HJ-73. The HJ-73C is a rather new development; it totally gives up the joystick controls, only requiring the gunner to keep the target in the crosshairs, and adds thermal imaging. It is also capable of firing AT-3 Sagger missiles of all types, giving it an even greater degree of flexibility.
HJ-8 Launcher Missile, HJ-8C MISSILE, HJ-8E ATGMISSILE AND HJ-8L ATGMISSILE
HJ-8 is a newer ATGM also designed to be fired from tripods and vehicle mounts, and from helicopters. It usually replaces AT-3 and AT-4 missiles on Chinese vehicles, and has also been exported to several Mideast countries and to Yugoslavia. The basic HJ-8 launcher is similar to the TOW-1 launcher. Along with the HJ-8C missile, an upgraded launcher was introduced with an image intensifier for night use. When the HJ-8E missile was introduced, a new launcher that replaces the image intensifier with thermal imaging was also introduced. The latest version of the launcher came with the HJ-8L missile; it has a periscope that allows
the gunner to fire and guide the weapon from a prone position.