The article is presenting what the Chinese are writings in their Media (The article in Chinese appeared on kunlunce.com website on July 4, 2020)
China’s Long Range Missiles not Threatened by Indian Air
— Translation by Hemant Adlakha
As tensions along the border in Ladakh region continue to escalate, the India Defence Ministry carried out two large-scale measures this month, i e, spent large sums of money to purchase 12 S-400 and an unknown number of Mig 29 fighters from Russia. The other significant move was the visit of the Indian Defence Minister to Russia to ask the authorities in Moscow to expedite the delivery to India of the recently ordered S-400 air defence missile system. In response, the Russian officials promised to complete the delivery ahead of schedule.
At the same time, the Indian Air Force continues to pile up deployment of Su-MKI, Mig 29, Mirage-2000 and other indigenously built Indian LCA fighter planes. Knowledgeable sources have revealed, at present the number of fighter aircrafts deployed by the Indian Air Force along the border frontline areas has reached nearly 60% of its total strength. The number is likely to further go up in the coming days. However, many Chinese military affairs specialists have dismissed the move by saying “this is just a ‘feel good’ move” and in reality would not help “India gain initiative at the negotiating table.”
Because no matter how much weaponry and combat troops are deployed by India, these will be no match when faced with the power of China’s long-range missile firepower. Even without the J-20 Stealth fighters and J-16 fighter planes, Chinese–equipped Guard Rocket Series, Long Sword cruise missile and DF-17 Hypersonic Missile are just enough to keep the Indian Air Force from parrying. The reason is very simple. The above mentioned Chinese weaponry can ignore or need not pay heed to the Indian air defence missile system, even if India acquires the S-400 long-range missile defence system within a month or so. Why?
Because more than the fact that the performance of S-400 long-range air defence missile system has proven to be good, much depends on who is using the system and who is the target enemy. China’s indigenously built Guardian-2 rocket launcher comes equipped with the largest calibre and also has the longest range. According to the official data available, the latest Guardian 2D Model rocket launcher has a maximum range up to 480 kilometres, and its hit-accuracy can be controlled within 500 metres. It is basically the same as the short-range tactical ballistic missile.
According to experts, a hypersonic boost-glide vehicle is a warhead stored in the nose of a missile, and will be released when the rocket-booster sends it fast and high enough into the air.
Furthermore, unlike tactical ballistic missiles, the cost of Guardian-2 rocket launcher is not only lower than the tactical missile but it is also cheaper in the cost of its use. Therefore, it can be easily equipped and used on a large scale. The rocket has a modular design and the launch vehicle has an automatic loading system. Once the launch is completed, it can be quickly loaded to make a second launch and to firmly suppress the enemy with firepower. Because of its multiple advantages , i e, long range, quick reaction time, precision hit and low cost etc., the Guardian-2 Model rocket launcher can effectively carry out accurate cover strikes on enemy high-value targets such as armoured forces, military bases, missile launch positions and airports, and so on. Thus, the combat effect can be fully realized. On being deployed in high plateau area, it is in a predominant position and can achieve all-round control of the border area. Any turbulence and disturbance will attract saturation blows.
If the Guardian-2 rocket launcher enjoys an outright advantage in terms of its long range, high accuracy and low operating cost, then the advantage of DF-17 hypersonic missile can be best described in just one word, i e, “speed.” When the DF-17 hypersonic missile was on display at the National Day military parade in Beijing last year, the US military experts estimated the speed of its combat parts to be above 10 Mach. It can carry both conventional warheads and tactical nuclear warheads. It has remarkable ability to accurately and quickly strike targets within its range. Remember, in theory, active air defence system is basically unable to effectively intercept.
Once deployed in the border area, it will be able to carry out surgical strikes on military bases and airports on the Indian side who cannot effectively respond. With the Gaurdian-2 rocket launcher and DF-17 hypersonic missile, once the enemy air defence positions and interception net support has been knocked off, the CJ-10 cruise missile will then destroy each and every remaining high-value target based on the “door-to-door” pattern.