PLAN SCS Bases/Islands/Vessels (Not a Strategy Page)

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    Just found ...

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    Couple these helipads with 056s out in those waters and helos can easily provide large swaths of coverage.
     
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    This is the first time I've seen the Vietnamese-controlled islands with so much reclamation. Does anyone have additional, recent photographs of the Vietnamese projects?
     
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    Some pictures of purported HQ-9 SAM on Yongxing Island.

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-14a_HQ9-SAM(1).jpg
    Picture taken from BBC which shows the purported HQ-9 SAM location(s).


    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-14a_HQ9-SAM(2).jpg
    On Feb 3, the beach was empty but on Feb 14, you can see the HQ-9 SAM.


    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-14a_HQ9-SAM(3).jpg
    More details of the SAM.


    My observations:-
    - the beach is fairly new, not much preparation has been done so the earth may not be hardened enough. It is adjacent to a lot of temporary construction buildings.
    - the range of HQ-9 is 200 km, this will cover the entire Paracels. Triton is furthest away from Yongxing, and it is 170 km.

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    Some more pictures of Yongxing Island. I have added in my captions.

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17a_picture.(3).jpg
    In 2012, in response to Vietnam passing a law claiming sovereignty, China established the city of Sansha on Yongxing Island to administer the whole South China Sea.

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17a_picture.(5).jpg
    Civilian facilities on the island includes a school, a hospital, a library, government services/building. It has 2,000 people made up of mainly fishermen, soldiers and construction workers.

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17a_picture.(6).jpg
    It also has an airport, port and mobile phone coverage. There is regular ferry service from Hainan Island carrying supplies and tourists. In February 2016, China has started regular civilian flights from Hainan Island too.
     
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    Some pictures of Meiji Island. The airstrip is very clear and there are a lot of other construction happening on the island.

    Picture in true color dated Feb 18, 2016.
    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.2016-02-18c_L8-true-color.jpg

    The picture in infrared.
    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.2016-02-18d_L8-infrared.jpg

    The picture in 765-band.
    Meiji.美济礁.Mischief.2016-02-18e_L8-765band.jpg
     
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    wowww, I counted at least 8 HQ-9 launchers with 4 missiles each ... total 32 HQ-9 missiles!. Not many countries have more than 32 effective LR SAM, certainly not ASEAN (apart from Vietnam maybe). I expect it will end up at least 2 battalion of HQ-9 or 12 launchers

    These could be original HQ-9 (not HQ-9A/B) that PLA no longer used, so better used in the island
     
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    Just managed to locate better pictures of the deployment of the purported HQ-9 SAM missiles in Yongxing Island. No captions required, the pictures are well documented.

    Enjoy!

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(1)_satview_HQ9-SAM.jpg

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(2)_closeup_HQ9-SAM.jpg

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(3)_closeup_HQ9-SAM.jpg

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(4)_weapon-storage.jpg

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(5)_weapon-storage.jpg

    Yongxing.永兴岛.2016-02-17b.(6)_airstrip+hangars.jpg
     
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    I'm surprised they deployed their frontline HQ-9s.

    I had thought a SAM system in the league of the KS-1 or HQ-16 would suffice for a political message.
     
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    The range of HQ-16 is only 70 kms, not enough. HQ-9 is more appropriate, but I suspect it is the original HQ-9 which no longer used by PLA. But I'd bet it will never be used anyway, just for deterrent, like most of the weapon systems :p
     
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    There are multiple iterations of the HQ-9? I thought the HQ-9C hasn't been developed yet.
     
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