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China unveils surface-to-air missile defence system

China has unveiled its latest surface-to-air missile system for the first time coinciding with President Xi Jinping’s four-nation tour, including India.

The HongQi-10 missile system, which can mitigate the threat from low-altitude anti-ship missiles, was unveiled during a China Central Television (CCTV) report.

The missile was shown in news bulletin on Wednesday being fired from ships and land based mobile launchers. As a naval point-defence missile system, HongQi-10 boasts a particularly quick response to low-altitude missiles that area-defence systems fail to intercept.

It has a high success rate in intercepting them, Lan Yun, deputy chief editor of Modern Ships, told state-run Global Times. The point-defence missile system defends a warship against rockets over a limited area.

It is in contrast to an area-defense system that targets medium- and long-range objects with slower response and lower success rate, the report said. HongQi-10 can be prepared to launch missiles in about 10 seconds and aims at missiles only 1.5 to 10 meters above the sea level, Lan said.
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