There is information about an increase in the combat capabilities of China's air defense in its eastern regions. In particular, it is reported about the deployment of HQ-16B anti-aircraft missile systems in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the PRC. This is a more modern modification of the HQ-16 air defense system. ("Red flag") - complex, which was originally created within the framework of the Chinese-Russian project for the modernization of the 9K37M1-2 air defense system "Calm". Its naval version was installed on the Type 054A frigates of the Chinese Navy.
If the first land option – HQ-16A - had a range of about 60 km, then the range of HQ-16B, allegedly, increased by about a quarter.
HQ-16B air defense systems, which are the next modernization of the Shtil air defense system, equips the 85th Air Defense Brigade of China, headquartered in Lhasa. It is the administrative center of Tibet.
The images from the Tibet Autonomous Region show the launchers of the complex, charging machines and mobile detection radars. This is another replenishment of the brigade with anti-aircraft and cruise missile countermeasures..
is approved, that the probability of hitting a fighter with one HQ-16B air defense missile system has today been brought to 88%. The original version indicated 85%. To intercept a cruise missile, the initial data remained unchanged - no more 60% when using one SAM.
Base of the 85th PLA Air Defense Brigade:
reportedly, earlier in Tibet, PLA air defense maneuvers were carried out using the above-mentioned anti-aircraft missile systems.
used photos:China TV, Google Earth