Article Archive: Current 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Air Defense: Desperately Seeking Sky High SAMs
   Next Article → INTELLIGENCE: Striving to Steal Stealth Secrets
January 8, 2007: Pakistan is trying to obtain high-altitude anti-aircraft systems, to bring down Indian Su-30s carrying nuclear bombs. Currently, Pakistan only has some Chinese copies of Russian SA-2 surface to air missiles (SAM). These are 1960s technology, and not believed capable to bringing down Su-30s at high altitude. Pakistan turned to China, but the Chinese are buying their high-altitude SAMs from Russia.  India is a major customer for Russian weapons, so the Russians do not want to sell SAMs to Pakistan (which could end up using them to shoot down Russian made warplanes in Indian service.)

So the Chinese are trying to find a European nation willing to partner with them to develop a high altitude SAM for Pakistan. There aren't too many nations that build high-altitude SAMs. Most buy from the United States or Russia. But a nation with well developed technology industries could work with the Chinese to create a new line of high altitude, and high end, anti-aircraft missiles.

Next Article → INTELLIGENCE: Striving to Steal Stealth Secrets

Show Only Poster Name and Title     Newest to Oldest
Herald1234    What is this, tiddlywinks?   1/8/2007 10:18:03 AM
China is looking for an excuse to develope, [STEAL]  foreign technology to gain a native indigenous high altitude SAM system for themselves?

Just using another figleaf to get around the arms embargo, the PRCs care no more about Pakistan than we do.Maybe the PRCs might sell the Pakistanis a few de-rated missiles just to mollify the customer, but the big picture says this is for themselves.


Quote    Reply

BLUIE006       1/11/2007 10:59:29 AM
I agree  .......
Quote    Reply