Chinese military commentators said China may become the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S400 surface-to-air missile system, which could help the country integrate its air defense and anti-missile systems, reports Chinese national broadcaster CCTV.
The S400 system comes with powerful radar and has anti-jamming capabilities. It is able to create a multi-layer air defense structure with three guided missiles of different ranges as well as tracking hundreds of targets and attacking up to 36 of them at once.
The system could affect regional security if China bought the system and planted it within range of the disputed Diaoyutai island (Diaoyu or Senkaku), said Paul Schwartz, a researcher for the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ Russian and Eurasia Program.
Unlike the system’s predecessor S300, S400 is compatible with weapons made by other countries and sports superior performance. The system can hit a target 10m to 60km above ground and intercept a ballistic missile from 30km away. Its life span has also greatly improved to 20 years.
Song said America’s Asia Pivot policy will be severely impacted if China obtains the S400 system. The S400 could cover the airspace over Taiwan and or even its eastern coasts and counter-attack US aircrafts coming from Guam and Okinawa if the system was deployed on the coastal regions of the East China Sea. Du said Russian experts reveal the system’s sales to media deliberately in order to demonstrate it still has the ability to make the US uncomfortable.
Full article: China may obtain Russia’s latest air missile system S400 (Want China Times)