China to buy 5,000 Russian air-to-air missiles: Japanese report

China is likely to purchase 5,000 R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles from Russia, writes Toshiyuki Roku, retired commander of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Air Development and Test Command, in an article for the Tokyo-based Japan Military Review.

Since China’s domestic air-to-air missiles such as the PL-12, the SD-10A and the PL-9C were designed based on technology from Ukraine and are still unable to compete against US counterparts, the People’s Liberation Army realizes that it needs the more advanced Russian missiles to go head to head against the US and Japan in any potential future air combat, Roku wrote. He said China has already bought 1,500 R-77 missiles and 3,300 R-73 missiles from Russia.

Full article: China to buy 5,000 Russian air-to-air missiles: Japanese report (Want China Times)

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