China Conducts Major Drills With HQ-22 Air Defense Missiles; Uses Heavy Lifter Y-20 Military Aircraft To Transfer Them
, 2023-01-22 07:13:54,
During a recent military exercise, China employed a powerful long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the HQ-22, in an unusual manner. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) transported it from its home base in the Southern Theater Command (STC) to north central, far northern, and northwestern regions.
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Described as a “systematic confrontational” exercise, it was flown in China’s domestically developed strategic airlift Y-20 aircraft to northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and northwestern China’s Gansu Province.
A Global Times report quoted experts saying it will significantly enhance China’s air defense capability.
China’s Third-Best Long-Range Air Defense Platform
The HQ-22 is the PLAAF’s third leading long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system after the S-300 and the S-400.
In this “systematic confrontational” exercise, the PLAAF tested its quick deployment capability by flying with Y-20 large transport aircraft. “This method will significantly enhance China’s air defense flexibility,” the report in the Global Times added.
The SAM platform, which has a range of roughly 170 kilometers, can engage aircraft, jets, helicopters,…
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