If the authors wrote "well beyond" then that's what they meant. No need for gymnastics.That does not mean well beyond, it only means beyond.
I will summarize and conclude my comparative assessment of the ROC's Kidd and PRC's 956EM air defense capability.
I have provided evidence that the Kidd class destroyers received NTU upgrades, which consisted of the following:
- updating the search radars to 3D S-band SPS-49E and 2D SPS-49 L-band radar. Both radars can detect small fighter aircraft at ranges exceeding 400km
- search radar fusion via AN/SYS-2
- updated fire control system and radars/illuminators to SPG-15D Baseline 15 with auxiliary CWAT X-band antenna
- updated FCR X-band missile uplink to interface with new long range SM-2 missiles for midcourse guidance
- Added S-band missile downlinks via 4 AN/SYR-1 phased arrays to track missile progress to target
- Support for SM-2MR Block III missile with max range of 166km
- Based on a published assessment that the ships can track and illuminate small anti-ship missiles (RCS < 0.5m2) at ranges of at least 77km, by simple inference they can track and illuminate targets with at least 16x higher RCS, such as a Su-27 class target with RCS=10-15m2 at double the range (quadratic root relation: 16^(1/4)=2), i.e. 154km+.
On the other hand, the 956EM exported to the PRC has the following AA capability:
- 3D search Fregat MAE radar
- Cross Dome Pozitiv short range search radar for the Kashtan CIWS
- 6x MR-90 Orekh illuminators
- 2x single-arm launchers for 9M317E(?) SAMs with range of 32km-50km depending on which variant was exported.