China Tests Midcourse ICBM Interception in Response to THAAD

China’s civil aviation authority issued quite a few notices on no-flight zones respectively in early September 20 and 22 above China’s middle west.

Military experts believe that judging by the shape of the no-flight zones, the zones were set for ballistic missile tests. The zone on September 20 covered Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, Shanxi and Korla Anti-missile Test Ground, Xinjiang. There was a missile launched from Qinghai where DF-31 and DF31A ICBMs are deployed, towards Xinjiang with a flight distance of 1,500 km.

At least one of the two tests there is high ballistic trajectory test. Judging by the degree of complexity, large angle and high throw angle interceptions were tested. Those must be tests of interception in real war scenario.

The tests prove that China has already become the second nation in the world after the US that has mastered anti-missile technology.

Sources say that China’s anti-missile system is similar to THAAD in using huge X-wave and P-wave radars to monitor enemy missiles. When a missile has been detected, the system will launch a missile to intercept enemy missile outside the atmosphere..

China uses HQ-19 as interception missile, which is better than those used in THAAD in speed, kinetic energy and height of interception and able to intercept more varieties of missiles including ICBM both inside and outside the atmosphere.

According to military experts, China steps up testing of its midcourse interception system in response of US deployment of THAAD in South Korea.

Source: Singtao Daily “In response to deployment of THAAD in South Korea, China tests its missile defense system” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


4 Comments on “China Tests Midcourse ICBM Interception in Response to THAAD”

  1. alking1957 says:

    But where will China place such ABM system? Placing it in China does not seem to in any way threaten the US like the THAAD threatens china in SKorea


    • Steve says:

      Since, the missile is on a mobil launcher by rail or truck, the location would have to be highly confidential to avoid satellite imaging.


      • Joseph says:

        True. The American often makes a fuzz about all-terrain heavy truck technology that China acquired from Germany and Russia. That’s a lot of noise for dual purpose civilian/military technology. It indicates that the American could not identify Chinese missile sites and worried about those mobile sites.


    • Simon says:

      China can and may eventually install missile defence in countries that is currently hosting space observation for China or threatened by America. Cuba, Venuzuela, Brazil are likely bases for Chinese missile shields.