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Don’t need S-400, HQ-26 is superior: Chinese Media


Similar to precedent with the S-400 Triumf long-range air defense complex, China is considered the most potential foreign customer of the S-500 Prometheus.

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According to the Chinese press, the S-500 is a comprehensive air defence system against various threats. The development of rocket technology has caused the boundary between space and space to be obscured.

Creating an integrated protection system is an extremely complex process because of the need to combine multiple types of target detection and tracking vehicles on one platform. Also we must not forget about stealth targets, which are constantly evolving.

Military expert Lin Sen of the Global Times writes: “The creators of Prometheus succeeded in the entire construction process. The S-500 has a complex command and control radar system, which includes including the latest active phased array radar”.

Together, they can detect ballistic missiles Prometheus’ main combat object – at a distance of 2,000 km. The use of networks, data chains, and other technologies helps protect the radar from damage.

Another feature of the complex is its integrated modular structure, which allows it to exchange information with both strategic systems such as the early warning complex and the A-135 Amur, as well as with previous generation air defense systems. including S-300 and S 400.

The S-500’s arsenal includes specialized missiles for a variety of complex targets – for example the 77N6-N1 is designed for anti-satellite in low orbit. While 40N6, 48N6 and 9M96 ammunition from the S 400’s arsenal helps to shoot down short range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

Despite the obvious successes of Chinese technology in the field of air and missile defense, their most advanced complexes such as the HQ-9B, HQ-22 and HQ-19 are not equal to the S-500 Prometheus.

So if in the future Russia releases an export version of the S-500 Prometheus, Beijing should think twice about buying it immediately, expert Lin Sen said.

Together, they can detect ballistic missiles Prometheus’ main combat object – at a distance of 2,000 km. The use of networks, data chains, and other technologies helps protect the radar from damage.

Another feature of the complex is its integrated modular structure, which allows it to exchange information with both strategic systems such as the early warning complex and the A-135 Amur, as well as with previous generation air defence systems. including S-300 and S 400.

The S-500’s arsenal includes specialized missiles for a variety of complex targets – for example, the 77N6-N1 is designed for anti-satellite in low orbit. While 40N6, 48N6 and 9M96 ammunition from the S 400’s arsenal help to shoot down short-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

Despite the obvious successes of Chinese technology in the field of air and missile defense, their most advanced complexes such as the HQ-9B, HQ-22 and HQ-19 are not equal to the S-500 Prometheus.

So if in the future Russia releases an export version of the S-500 Prometheus, Beijing should think twice about buying it immediately, expert Lin Sen said.

Analysts say that the possibility of China becoming the first foreign customer of S 500 Prometheus similar to the case of S 400 Triumf is very easy to come true.

With its strong financial potential, it is not difficult for China to buy a few S-500 complexes, especially when Russia is also ready to sell it to get money for re-equipment.

However, there is also information that China will not need to buy S-500 if it successfully builds HQ-26 – the above complex is part of a multi-layered anti-aircraft fire network developed by China for anti-ballistic missile missions.

the missile is the object that was tested in two mid-range missile interception tests in 2010 and 2013, it is said to have reached the design parameters. ideal design such as altitude 200 km and speed 10 km/s.

Some opinions predict that compared to HQ-19, the HQ-26 missile will be lengthened, integrated with a solid fuel propellant, the purpose is to prolong the range as well as increase the speed of the missile. it, the fuselage diameter between these two types of interceptor will not be too big of a difference.

However, until now, there is still no clear information about the operating range, altitude and speed that the HQ-26 missile can reach, it has been integrated for the Type 055 large destroyer Or is there a ground version already?

In addition, it is not known whether HQ 26 will apply very advanced kinetic energy interception technology, because if it still has to carry a warhead, the range, ceiling and speed of the missile will be reduced. go a lot.


About Tufail Bakshi

I cover global military news, focusing on identifying technologies of strategic importance to aviation, aerospace and defense. I was Born in baramula, Kashmir ,I did my graduation from Kashmir University, I aspire in becoming a military journalist.
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