China built advanced anti-aircraft missiles, radar, and sensor technologies while U.S. watched Russia

May 5, 2021
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LONDON – While experts in the West have focused on the power of advanced Russian anti-aircraft missiles, they should have been watching China, which is pulling ahead of Russia in sophisticated radar systems and sensors, says a British expert. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

5 May 2021 -- “I’d say we should have been paying more attention to Chinese systems alongside the Russian ones,” says Justin Bronk, a researcher at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.

“Not because the latter aren’t still superior, but because of the threat trajectory of the former, Bronk says. "China will eventually catch up to and then surpass Russian missile and sensor technologies; and with a much more capable air force and economy than Russia.”

Bronk authored a RUSI analysis of Russian and Chinese multilayered networks of surface-to-air missiles and radar systems, and says that while Russian anti-aircraft weapons such as the SA-21 Growler are more capable than China’s HQ-9 missiles, China has more resources for developing even more advanced systems.

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