China’s New Russian-Built S-400 Missile System: A Threat to Taiwan?

Should Taipei be worried?

The National Interest
Date: December 29, 2018
By: David Axe
The Chinese military’s new S-400 surface-to-air missile system can hit targets more than 150 miles away, if the reported result of the type’s first-ever test in Chinese service is accurate.

The Taiwan strait is just 140 miles across at its widest point, meaning that, in theory, Chinese S-400s could target Taiwanese warplanes shortly after they take off.

But the short distance separating China and Taiwan works both ways. At the same time that China is fielding S-400s and other long-range surface-to-air missiles, Taiwan is deploying air-and surface-launched munitions that can target the Chinese missile launchers.

The People’s Liberation Army’s rocket force conducted its first live-fire drill with its first regiment of Russian made S-400s in November 2018, The Diplomat reported, citing Russian sources.

A Russian-style missile regiment usually includes two battalions together possessing 16 launchers. An S-400 launcher packs four missiles at a time.    [FULL  STORY]

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