Isn't the HQ-17 already an ideal solution for short range air defense? It seems like a pretty incredible all in one system, mobile, no need for complex logistics
By the way, does anyone know how target acquisition works for HQ-10? Is it a self-contained system or does it require external radars?
HQ-17/Tor-M1 is a masterpiece. There was an exercise where a Tor-M1 vehicle was placed on the helo deck of a frigate, possibly the Admiral Gorshkov. The exercise has antiship missiles fired towards the frigate. The Tor-M1 vehicle on the helo deck acquired the targets and popped them out of the sky. I am in a biased opinion that these two systems are the best SHORAD out there right now.
Let's say if you develop an HQ-10 for land use.
Let's simplify the system by deleting the two horns and the passive RF homer. For the weight of all that, you have deleted, let's trade it for an increase in warhead weight.
Unlike the HQ-17, the HQ-10 can't be launched off vertically. You have to launch it off from a slant on a back of a truck, like the HQ-6. It would probably work within the context of an HQ-6 battery. Another way is to mount the Type 730 CIWS on a truck, thus the CIWS supplies its own radar. The HQ-10 can be mounted along the sides of the CIWS, ala Kashtan style. So you have a unit that combines gun and missile.