PLA uses the S-400 in a very limited capacity and mostly for analysis and reverse engineering much like the Su-35.Legacy S-300 systems dominate the mix but are being replaced by HQ-9 series in numbers.If HQ-9C matches S-400's capability, why is PLA using S-400?
Nope its not in trials its fielded on mass scale at most of the HQ9 sites since 2020.It might still be in trials, and might not be revealed until it matches or exceeds the S-400 (@400 km Max range) and the SM-6 (@370 km Max range). With an active seeker, the missile will be uncoupled from the ground radar, and with a two-way datalink it maybe able to use radar data from other platforms like an AWACS or low earth orbit satellite to get the missile close enough for its own seeker to find, fix, and eliminate the target. So, IMHO, the PAF is waiting for China to work out not just the missile but the kill chain, and buy it when it is ready.
So we might see it in our air defense inventory by the end of the decade, as the Chinese will have a need to fit it to their frontline dozens of destroyers in their Navy and the dozens of frontline ground batteries on the coast. This will probably take the next 5 years, after which we might see some batteries sold to Pakistan by 2028-2029.
PAF Vera's are old now, for several years now Vera NG has been marketed and has been sold to some ME&A region customer as well. Chinese well far ahead in passive radar tech so don't think they need inputs on Vera.Should have been interesting what PAF deduced from the Vera radar design to give its inputs.
I will agree they do offer more options and more ways to customize systems then any other. The reference I was looking at the time of that post said it was still in development, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that information was outdated and the missile has already been deployed to the frontline units. Chinese military modernization nowadays is akin to the speed of technological innovation seen only during WW2. Generational shifts in a matter of a few years.Nope its not in trials its fielded on mass scale at most of the HQ9 sites since 2020.
Chinese offer more things for export than any nation , do you know the there are 4+ FCRs alone available for export with HQ9 with 2 of these being much more advanced than ones in PLA inventory.
Even HQ16 has a newer FCR unveiled in 2018 that has much better capabilities than the older FCR that both PLA & PA use , yet PLA hasn't adopted the new FCR but have offered it for export.
PAF Vera's are old now, for several years now Vera NG has been marketed and has been sold to some ME&A region customer as well. Chinese well far ahead in passive radar tech so don't think they need inputs on Vera.
Chinese have a whole network along the entire coast made up of purely passive radar systems (same passive radar Also exported as part of CHL906 EW system that we purchased ) , and that is in addition to the other various types of passive radars they have in large quantities.
ok kiddo u seem to be obessed with oth radars , how many countries exactly have these oth radars , please look it up.Our air defence system is a joke. We dont even have a single OTH radar.