Military Capabilities

HQ-9B SAM battery deployment identified north of Beijing

17 March 2020

Key Points

  • Satellite imagery reveals that a fifth improved HQ-9B SAM battery is in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
  • The HQ-9B system has an improved engagement radar and longer engagement range compared to earlier variants.

Commercial satellite imagery captured on 12 March reveals that a fifth HQ-9B strategic surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery is operational with China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

The site, identified by Jane’s during a review of Chinese air-defence installations, is located north of Beijing near Yaoshang in the Huairou District. The installation, which is home to the PLAAF’s 50th Battalion of the 22nd SAM Brigade, had previously operated the HQ-2 air-defence system, and was refurbished to house the HQ-9B battery.

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