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China may deploy 500 SAMs in SC Sea

China to deploy 500 surface-to-air missiles in South China Sea

Posted December. 27, 2016 07:20,   Updated December. 27, 2016 07:28

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China is pushing to deploy an additional 500 anti-aircraft missiles to its natural and man-made islands in the South China Sea, which are embroiled in territorial disputes.

On Sunday, Fox News reported that a maximum 500 surface-to-air missiles were brought into Hainan Island, the largest island in the South China Sea, in an apparent move to defend Woody Islands and the military airfield on two man-made islands in Paracel Islands.

A satellite imagery analysis found that the missile system has a mixture of short and long range missiles and will be deployed in the man-made islands as soon as early next year. In particular, the Chinese version of the SA-21 surface-to-air missile system was found to be included, which is capable of detecting and tracing 100 targets as far as 402 kilometers away and shooting down six of them simultaneously. The SA-21 system can intercept U.S. fighter jets and fighter bombers including the F-22, F-35, and B-2.

In February, satellite imagery showed that an HQ-9 surface-to-air missile battery was set up on Woody Island, but the number of missiles was insignificant. It is unprecedented for China to deploy such a massive amount of surface-to-air missiles in the South China Sea. The report came out after China seized and returned an underwater U.S. drone. By doing so, China let it be known that it will not back out in the territorial tit-for-tats with the U.S. in the South China Sea.

China flexed its military muscles by sending a long-range strategic bomber, the H-6K, flying over the nine-dash line, which China claims to be the territorial border of the South China Sea, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump made remarks on Dec. 11 that he may not acknowledge “One China Policy,” which does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country.

On Monday, the Chinese Global Times ran an editorial arguing “Chinese fleets will cruise across the East Pacific Ocean someday.” The newspaper claimed that provoking the U.S. is not the purpose of Chinese aircraft carriers’ deep-sea navigation, adding, “If the Chinese fleets continue to navigate regularly in the areas of core interest for the U.S., that will certainly make a difference in the dynamics between the U.S. and China where the former pressures the latter unilaterally.”

Ja-Ryong Koo bonhong@donga.com

Original post donga.com

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“A satellite imagery analysis found that the missile system has a mixture of short and long range missiles and will be deployed in the man-made islands as soon as early next year. In particular, the Chinese version of the SA-21 surface-to-air missile system was found to be included, which is capable of detecting and tracing 100 targets as far as 402 kilometers away and shooting down six of them simultaneously. The SA-21 system can intercept U.S. fighter jets and fighter bombers including the F-22, F-35, and B-2.”

I guess FOX is really unreliable as I doubt China has any copy of S400 SAM as they have not received any from Russia yet at time of this post.  Even it China did receive the S400 SAM it would take many years to reverse engineer it!

Shields Up: A Deployment of China’s A2/AD systems Could Happen Overnight.

If China is building the “big three” to be able to deter or counter a U.S. regional intervention, its plans would likely include deployment of the “counter-intervention” (China’s term) anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) system-of-systems that has already raised much concern in the United States. Given recent deployments to Woody Island (China’s outpost in the Paracel Islands) of HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs, see Figure 2), YJ-62 anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), and J-11 fighters, one could expect such deployments to the “big three” as well, perhaps joined by the precision-strike ballistic surface-to-surface (SSM) and land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) of the PLA Rocket Forces (known formerly as the 2nd Artillery Corps). A look at the resulting effective range arcs (see Figure 3) shows that in a stroke, China would have an interlocking and mutually-supporting SAM umbrella over most of the Spratlys, as well as ASCM coverage over the heart of the South China Sea. Also, where the U.S. military could previously have been able to operate out of austere southern Philippines airfields beyond conventional ballistic or ground-launched cruise missile range, China would now be able to strike, with either DF-21C land-attack ballistic missiles or CJ-10 cruise missiles, U.S. and allied facilities and airfields throughout the Philippines and even to Singapore.
scs-islands-fig-2Figure 2: HQ-9 SAM battery deployed to Woody Island. Note the extensive newly-built land area and structures in the northeastern part of the island.scs-islands-fig-3Figure 3: Range arcs depicting potential coverage of HQ-9 SAMs, YJ-62 ASCMs, and DF-21 ballistic missiles from China’s larger South China Sea island bases.

Read entire article – CHINA’S ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS ARE BIGGER (AND A BIGGER DEAL) THAN YOU THINK: Here

“Also, where the U.S. military could previously have been able to operate out of austere southern Philippines airfields beyond conventional ballistic or ground-launched cruise missile range, China would now be able to strike, with either DF-21C land-attack ballistic missiles or CJ-10 cruise missiles, U.S. and allied facilities and airfields throughout the Philippines and even to Singapore.”

Now Singapore is in trouble as they are within striking range a situation that they never faced before as they keep pissing off the Dragon.

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Shenyang J-11: Details

H-6K bomber: Details

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S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler): Details

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YJ-12 ‘World’s best’ anti-ship missile: Details

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DF-21D Medium-range ballistic missile: Details

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HQ-9/FD2000 long-range air defence systems

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The Hong Qi 9 or HQ-9 is a Chinese air defense missile system. It is broadly equivalent to the Russian S-300. Some sources report that the HQ-9 was developed with Russian assistance and benefits from Russian technology transfers. It has been report that it was adopted by the Chinese armed forces in 1997. Its export version, the FD-2000, has been exported to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Pakistan and Turkey are negotiating with China to purchase this air defense system.

   The HQ-9 can intercept various aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, cruise missiles, air-to-ground missiles, guided bombs and theater ballistic missiles at medium- to long ranges.

   The HQ-9 surface-to-air missile system was developed much later than the Russian S-300 and incorporates advancements in the electronics. Notably it employs newer computing technology.

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   The HQ-9 uses two-stage missiles with thrust vector control. Missiles have a range of 125 km against aircraft and 15-25 km against cruise and ballistic missiles. Missiles can reach aircraft at an altitude of 27 km and cruise and ballistic missiles at an altitude of 15-25 km. The missile has inertial guidance with mid-course update and terminal active radar homing. This air defense system can perform air defense engagement in a massive air raid under intense electronic jamming.

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   The HQ-9 launcher is based on Taian TA5380 8×8 high mobility chassis. Each launcher has 4 missiles in individual containers. Missiles are launcher vertically.

   A battery of HQ-9 consists of 8 TEL vehicles with missiles, mobile engagement radar based on Taian TA5570 10×10 chassis, engagement radar based on a North-Benz ND1260 series truck chassis, command and control vehicle, reloading vehicles and various support vehicles. The basic formation can be expanded into a larger formation. The HQ-9 battery can employ a wide range of radars, both search, surveillance, acquisition, tracking and fire control.

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Variants

HQ-9A is an improved version. It was first tested in 1999 and was adopted in 2001.

   HQ-9B improved version with longer range and extra seeker. It was reportedly tested in 2006. The missile has a dual seeker with semi-active radar homing and infrared homing modes;

   HQ-9C improved version that is currently under development. The missile incorporates active radar homing mode;

   HQ-19 a much upgraded version of the HQ-9. It is Chinese equivalent to the US THAAD. It was specially developed to engage ballistic missiles and satellites on lower Earth orbit. The missile is armed with kinetic kill vehicle;

   FT-2000 export version of the HQ-9. It is an anti-radiation missile system, intended to intercept jamming planes and air radiation sources. Missiles have passive homing. This system can engage targets at a range of up to 100 km and can reach targets at altitude of up to 20 km. The FT-2000 operates in conjunction with passive surveillance system;

   FD-2000 (Fang Dun 2000) export version of HQ-9. It is a long-range air defense missile system. It was first publicly revealed in 2012. This system has an extra anti-stealth capability. The FD-2000 has been exported to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan;

   HHQ-9, naval version of the HQ-9. It appears to be identical to the land-based variant. It is used on modern Chinese guided-missiles destroyers. These missiles are launched from vertical tubes;

   HHQ-9A naval version of the HQ-9A.

Entered service 1997 (?)
Missile
Missile length 6.8 m
Missile diameter 0.7 m
Missile weight 1 300 kg
Warhead weight 180 kg
Warhead type HE-FRAG
Maximum range 125 km
Maximum altitude 27 km
Number of targets engaged simultaneously ?

Source military-today.com

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