News New HQ-9B with upgraded sensors and interceptors

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HQ-9B upgraded version. It comes equipped with two new generation AESA radars and interceptors incorporating active radar seekers.



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New HQ-9 Air Defense system.



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New AESA Search radar. (Designation: 780)


New AESA FCR. Designation unknown. (In the first image equipped with IFF system)


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New active seeker enabled interceptor. (Mock up)


Induction of this upgraded HQ-9B indicates an important step in modernizing PLA & PLAAF long range strategic IADS. New system comes with substantial improvement over old phased array sensors and semi active radar guidance. This version of HQ-9B has been offered for export under the designation HQ-9BE. (Note that, this is still a bit speculative, couldn't find any official English press release on new system's specs yet. But in the video above you can see FCR is AESA and its T/R modules being worked on)



PS: I always found it odd despite introducing AESA sensors on airborne and naval platforms and active seeker missiles (PL-12 & PL-15) quite earlier, why PLA was still using old school Russain style land based AD architecture. Well, now it seems they are finally moving on to state of art solution. @Kartal1 @Sanchez @Radonsider @Nilgiri @Gessler @TR_123456 et al.
 
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