Beijing: A next-generation air-to-air missile which is said to be a secret weapon has been successfully developed by China. The missile, called the 'Key Model', has successfully passed a test in which all seven missiles hit their targets.

It is reported that China independently developed the air-to-air missile without assistance from foreign specialists or borrowed technology.

It has been designed by Fan Huitao, deputy director of the ‘Air-to-Air Missile Research Institute’ under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

It a historic breakthrough in China's air-to-air missile development and said that it met Chinese air force's requirement for the model to be designed, produced, delivered and made combat-effective within one year.

A daily newspaper described the missile as a secret weapon for gaining air superiority.

The missile is very hard to develop and only a few developed countries around the world possess such a capability.

(Agencies)