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Alphanumeric designations

Discussion in 'Missiles & WMDs' started by Rimasta, Sep 26, 2019.

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  1. Rimasta

    Rimasta Member

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    I’m curious, why do certain classes of missiles from nations that don’t use or speak English or use a similar alphabet use alphanumeric designations on their missiles? For example, why would a Chinese missile display the characters “YJ”? I’ve seen such markings from a number of nations in Asia and I’ve always wondered why they do that.
    Also recently with the attack on the Saudi Oil facility, one missile body shows an alphanumeric marking of “MC-79050”. Some have stated that such markings are proof it was a “false-flag” Operation.