Four strikes on four targets: In the PRC, upgraded HQ-9 air defense systems were tested
Recently, the PRC underwent "extreme tests" in unfamiliar terrain of the upgraded HQ-9 air defense systems, which are considered one of the most advanced in the world. The exercises were conducted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force's Missile Brigade.
It is reported by the Chinese state television channel CCTV.
The report says that the brigade was deployed in an area unfamiliar to its military personnel and, with the help of an improved air defense system, delivered four strikes on four drones-targets.
- said the commander of the PLA Air Force, Du Tao, whose words are reported by the South China Morning Post.
The exercise was reportedly conducted in secret and the type of missile used was not disclosed. Du Tao said that the new anti-aircraft missile system was tested in the dark, in cold weather, in sandy areas and in other extreme conditions. He also suggested that an upgraded HQ-9B system was used in the exercise. This version is confirmed by the fact that earlier the Chinese Ministry of Defense announced the tests of these missiles.
It is a variant of the HQ-9 medium and long-range active radar homing missile. Such weapons are capable of intercepting supersonic aircraft, some cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and other aerial targets at ranges up to 250 kilometers and altitudes up to 30 thousand meters.
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