China’s weaponry de­vel­op­ment aimed at off­set­ting US im­pact: ex­pert

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Xu Hailin

China’s core weaponry that went on show at the 16th De­fence Ser­vices Asia (DSA) ex­hi­bi­tion which started on Mon­day, demon­strated ad­vanced mil­i­tary com­pet­i­tive­ness when com­pared with Amer­i­can prod­ucts, mil­i­tary ex­perts said on Tues­day.

More than 20 Chi­nese com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing China North In­dus­tries Corp and Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion of China, par­tic­i­pated in the DSA, ex­hibit­ing mid­dle and high-end weapons, in­clud­ing the KJ-200 Air­borne Warn­ing and Con­trol Sys­tem (AWACS) air­crafts, the AR-3 Mul­ti­ple Launch Rocket Sys­tem (MLRS), and sur­faceto-sur­face mis­sile TL-7B.

The main ri­vals of the KJ200 are the US E-2 Hawk­eye and Bri­tish Nim­rod air­craft, Song Zhong­ping, a mil­i­tary ex­pert and TV com­men­ta­tor, told the Global Times on Tues­day.

Song said that the “KJ-200 with its ac­tive phased ar­ray radar has ob­vi­ous tech­no­log­i­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity and is a more cost ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion than other coun­tries’ equiv­a­lent mod­els.”

China is one of the few coun­tries that sell AWACS air­craft with­out any at­tached po­lit­i­cal con­di­tions, Song said, while adding that be­cause the KJ-200 is de­fen­sive in na­ture, the sale does not vi­o­late China’s prin­ci­ple of ex­port­ing weaponry.

Tak­ing the Amer­i­can tac­ti­cal mis­sile sys­tem and M-270 MLRS as ri­vals, China had de­vel­oped its own com­mon frame launcher sys­tem, which en­ables China’s Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army to flex­i­bly per­form multi-step tasks, Song stressed.

Song con­tin­ued that “The high-tech weaponry sold by China is de­fen­sive and will not de­te­ri­o­rate the re­gional sit­u­a­tion, but in­stead con­trib­ute to safe­guard­ing peace and sta­bil­ity, and help to rem­edy the par­tial im­pact of the US.”

Pak­istan had or­dered four ZDK-03 AWACS air­crafts from Chi­nese com­pa­nies and the first was de­liv­ered in 2010 be­fore all four were de­liv­ered to the Pak­istan Air Force fleet and un­veiled at an of­fi­cial com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony in Fe­bru­ary 2015, re­ported US De­fenseNews on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2015.

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