PLA missile defense system

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    China's first reported missile defense system test has been successfully carried out.

    China conducts test on ground-based midcourse missile interception_English_Xinhua

    It is reported as a mid-course interception, implying that it is exoatmospheric. That suggests at least an MRBM was the target since SRBMs don't go exoatmospheric -- may be an old DF-3 was used.

    This system would be effective against low tier nuclear powers that have a liquid fueled MRBM but don't have the technology for MIRVs and decoys.
     
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    This is a very interesting development. We no almost nothing of PRC's missile defense plans.
     
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    I don't think df-3 have the ability to antimissile beause it is a liquid missile,it spends many hours before firing,I guess a modified rocket-KT was used.
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    sorry,the picture is wrong,the following picture is kt rocket model.
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    I was saying that a DF-3 would be the target, not the rocket.

    I think we can all agree that this test was a test of a ballistic missile intercept, not a preliminary test of the boost vehicle. After all, China already tested anti-satellite weapon 3 years ago! It seems pretty certain that either DF-3 or DF-4 (former more likely) was the test target.

    If KT is used then earlier rumors from western sources that ASAT used a DF-21 type rocket are incorrect. If KT is used, the ASAT and ABM missiles are longer ranged and more powerful than previously expected.
     
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    in addition,there is indeed evidence that PLA have a mature technology for decoys
    the following picture is df-31A‘s
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    No surprise here. In fact, I was expecting it for a long time, since it is a natural progression from ASAT.
     
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    Exactly, program is old, but due to secrecy we heard little about it, till now. I bet decades old, but due to money issues particular early on in program delayed development significantly.
     
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    Would it be wise to have such a large missile (KT) as a long term ASAT/ABM system?
    The US used a modified SM-3 to respond to China's ASAT test - and the SM-3 is far smaller than the KT-1 I believe...

    ...So was this test of a new indigenous system of a S-300/PMU/PMU-2/HQ-9 - and was it a complete system like THAAD or PAC-3, or just a one off modification like the 2007 ASAT test?
     
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    i was thinking the timing of this test is quite sensitive...buyin patriots? we got something better!!
     
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