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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    likely a HQ-9 missile or possible two stage hq-9 variant and new solfware .during the desert storm, raytheon added additonal solfware allowing patriot missile to engage scud miisile.
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    What does a mid-course interceptor do?
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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    Quote Originally Posted by FarkTypeSoldier View Post
    What does a mid-course interceptor do?
    Intercept incoming ballistic missiles during the mid-course versus terminal or boot stage. The missile already left atmosphere by this point.

    The HQ-9 missile is only good for terminal stage point defense. It is closer to the Patriot and S-300 in its designated role.
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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    Any info on what is the type of BM being intercepted?
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    Most likely the target is a DF-21.The DF-31 is too big and the DF-11 or DF-15 are short ranged. I don't think they will use the

    DF-4 as target which is too old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clone7803 View Post
    Most likely the target is a DF-21.The DF-31 is too big and the DF-11 or DF-15 are short ranged. I don't think they will use the

    DF-4 as target which is too old.
    I think they probably did use DF-4 as target precisely because they're old. (PLA is cheap like that) The interceptor however is more interesting. Would it be DF-21 derived like before, or perhaps even DF-11 or DF-15 derivative.
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    Maybe,but nothing comfirmed from the Xinhua news agency which only reported there was such a test.For the interceptor

    ,probably still is a DF-21 mutant DN or KT family missile.It will be interesting to see a DF-21 was knocked down by one of

    its mutant.
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    Guess its meant mostly for India? No chance in hell anyone could stop a Russian or American nuclear strike in any significant manner.
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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    Quote Originally Posted by hardware View Post
    likely a HQ-9 missile or possible two stage hq-9 variant and new solfware .during the desert storm, raytheon added additonal solfware allowing patriot missile to engage scud miisile.
    Please check your fact first before posting . By definition when they say mid course intercept it mean exo atmospheric intercept and not terminal phase intercept. HQ-9 and Patriot are short range missile for mid course intercept you need at least 3 stages missile .

    Maybe this article below will help you understand difference between terminal and midcourse intercept

    China‚€™s anti-missile test successful: govt - Globaltimes.cn
    China’s anti-missile test successful: govt
    Global Times | 2013-1-29 1:18:01
    By Xu Tianran


    China's second ground-based mid-course missile interceptor successfully completed an anti-missile test within Chinese territory on Sunday, hours after the US conducted a test flight of its own missile interceptor.

    There were no details available on China's test except for the official announcement that "the test has reached the preset goal" and is "defensive in nature."

    It was the second time that China announced such an anti-missile test. A similar test was successfully conducted on January 11, 2010.

    Ground-based mid-course anti-missile tests, which involve highly complicated technology in detecting, tracking and destroying a ballistic missile flying in space, have only been attempted by China and the US.

    The success of the test, together with a series of other military equipment achievements including China's first aircraft carrier and the maiden flight of the Y-20 large transport aircraft on Saturday, has demonstrated the country's fast-growing ability to defend its own national security and deter any possible threats, the Xinhua News Agency commented Monday.

    A ballistic missile's mid-course phase begins after its engines burn out and the warhead begins coasting in space. After mid-course, the warhead of long-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles will re-enter the atmosphere with a velocity of about 20 times the speed of sound, making it very difficult to intercept with current terminal-phase interception systems, according to Lan Yun, a military observer and editor with Modern Ships magazine.

    Shao Yongling, a senior colonel from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Second Artillery Command College, told people.com.cn that China's ground-based mid-course interception test was aimed at intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the test's technical requirements were much higher than that of short- to medium-range missile defense systems.

    According to Russia's Ria Novosti News Agency, the US Ground-Based Mid-course Defense (GMD) has a maximum interception altitude of 1,500 kilometers and interception range of 4,000 kilometers. In comparison, the US' terminal-phase interceptor Patriot PAC-3, which was used to defend Japanese territory during North Korea's controversial rocket launch last year, only has about 15 kilometers of maximum operational ceiling.

    "China is still far from forming an operational anti-missile shield, as the US has carried out at least 16 interception tests and China has only done two so far. Even the US GMD is far from mature," Lan said.

    "The initial tests may focus on the performance of the interceptor itself. A complete system will include not only land-based radars and interceptors, but also a surveillance satellite network, sea-based radar systems and a complete command and control center," Lan said.

    The Washington Free Beacon website suggested that the missile used in Sunday's test could have been a modified type of missile used in the 2007 anti-satellite (ASAT) test by the Chinese military, and that this kind of anti-missile test was "assessed to have furthered both Chinese ASAT and missile defense technologies."

    According to Reuters, PLA officials and documents in recent years have said developing anti-missile technology is one focus of defense spending.

    China's announcement of the test is meant to showcase its capabilities to its potential rivals, Hans Kristensen, an expert on China's military from the Federation of American Scientists, was quoted by the BBC as saying. But Kristensen did not say who the potential rivals are.

    Hours before Beijing's test, the US Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a flight test of a ground-based interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on Saturday. A target missile was not planned for the flight test.

    The launch is part of an extensive series of tests initiated after testing was halted in early 2011 when a guidance error resulted in a failed intercept in December 2010.

    Xinhua stressed that China's test isn't targeting any other country.
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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    Uuuhhggg...they shut down the website to that page!

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    Re: China tests midcourse interceptor

    Quote Originally Posted by clone7803 View Post
    maybe,but nothing comfirmed from the xinhua news agency which only reported there was such a test.for the interceptor

    ,probably still is a df-21 mutant dn or kt family missile.it will be interesting to see a df-21 was knocked down by one of

    its mutant.
    dn-2???
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    China, U.S. conduct missile defense tests

    China on Sunday conducted the second test of a new anti-ballistic missile defense interceptor that United States officials say is directly linked to Beijing’s secret anti-satellite weapons program.

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon on Sunday announced it conducted a successful test of a long-range anti-missile interceptor.

    China’s Defense Ministry announced the test, according to the official state-run Xinhua news agency, which quoted an official saying “the test has reached the preset goal.”

    “The test is defensive in nature and targets no other country,” the official was quoted as saying.

    China in the past has opposed U.S. missile defenses, claiming the systems are designed to weaponize space. However, Beijing refused to discuss any details of its secret ASAT program. A 2007 ASAT missile destroyed a Chinese weather satellite, creating a debris field that threatens both manned and unmanned satellites.

    It is the second time China announced such a missile test. A similar anti-missile interception test was successfully conducted on Jan. 11, 2010.

    The test was not unexpected. U.S. officials said Chinese missile defense testing facilities were under close intelligence surveillance since early January amid signs a missile defense interceptor test was to be carried out.

    The Washington Free Beacon reported in September that new intelligence had indicated the Chinese were planning to fire what they called a Dong Ning-2 anti-satellite missile that is part of Beijing’s program to target U.S. military communications, navigation, and targeting satellites in space.

    Pentagon officials had no immediate comment on the Chinese test.

    Maj. Catherine Wilkinson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, earlier this month declined to comment on Chinese plans for an ASAT test, citing a policy of not discussing intelligence matters.

    “We carefully monitor China’s military developments and urge China to exhibit greater transparency regarding its capabilities and intention,” she said. “Military-to-military dialogues between the United States and China featuring open and substantive discussions between our armed forces will help us improve mutual understanding, build trust, and reduce the risk of misperception and miscalculations.”

    A U.S. official said earlier this month there were signs in China that the missile defense test was being readied.

    Regarding the 2010 test, a State Department cable, disclosed by Wikileaks, revealed that China had launched an SC-18 missile from the Korla Peninsula and intercepted a near-simultaneous launched CSS-X-11 medium-range target missile from the Shuangchengzi Space and Missile Center.

    The cable noted the similarities between the missile defense interceptor and China’s ASAT missile. “An SC-19 was used previously as the payload booster for the Jan. 11, 2007, direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) intercept of the Chinese FY-1C weather satellite,” the cable said. “Previous SC-19 DA-ASAT flight-tests were conducted in 2005 and 2006. This test is assessed to have furthered both Chinese ASAT and ballistic missile defense technologies.”

    Richard Fisher, a China military affairs specialist, said the latest test also was carried out over Korla, China’s traditional center for anti-missile research dating to the 1960s.

    “So far the missile used for the Jan. 27 test has not been identified,” Fisher, with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said. “It could be a second test of the SC-19 ASAT missile modified for warhead interception for the January 2010 test, or it could be a new missile.”

    Fisher said China is known to be developing several anti-missile systems. “One system sometimes referred to as the HQ-26 appears to be intended to have a capability similar to the Raytheon-built SM-3 [interceptor], the main system used by the U.S. Navy for missile defense,” he said.

    “China’s new missile is expected to arm a new large PLA Navy combat ship that has not yet been launched and is also expected to have a land-deployed version as well.”

    According to reports from China, an engineer from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the state-run company most likely behind development of a HQ-26-like missile, has received a national prize for the development of a dual-pulse rocket engine, a technology also used on the SM-3,
    Fisher said.

    “China’s development of more capable theater missile defense systems addresses what for China is a practically non-existent threat,” Fisher said. “Other than North Korea and to a slight degree India, no country has the ability to target China with medium or intermediate range missiles.”
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    Mods, please move this thread to strategic defense

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