Chinese HQ-19 Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor presumably operational

A vastly upgraded version of HQ-9 to counter ballistic missile and satellites (ASAT) on the lower end of Low Earth orbits, HQ-19 is the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. THAAD. HQ-19 is armed with a dual-purpose exosphere kinetic kill vehicle (kkv) warhead designed by a team led by Professor Zhou Jun, which can be used against ballistic missile warheads or satellites.

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HQ-19 is an Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor that includes a solid phased array radar for early warning. It is reported that the X band phased array radar can detect targets at a distance of 4,000 km (Picture source: Chinese media)

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