Amid rising tension in South China Sea, China has deployed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles in the northern part of the South China Sea, an Israeli satellite imagery company has learned, citing analysis of recently captured images.
In a report made available with Kyodo News, “China is apparently beginning to build a no-fly zone in the South China Sea”.
Satellite imagery taken May 8 captured two HQ-9 launchers, a radar center and three launch pads on a controlling hill located in the south of Hainan Island.
In recent months, China has already deployed HQ-9 missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
Separately, ISI has found that China appears to be installing anti-ship missiles in the Yulin Naval Base in the south of Hainan Island. Such missiles have a range of about 400 kilometers.