Connect with us

Asia Pacific

Indian Rafales Or US’ F-35s – Which Jet Is China Vying To Shoot-Down Via Its Deadly S-400 Missiles?

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has already foreseen the Chinese moves and has been readying itself for Beijing’s deployment of S-300s and S-400s in the Ladakh region since May, having pushed its air defence and radar systems along the LAC.

Published

on

China is one of the first countries in the world, apart from the developers Russia and now Turkey, that can boast of having the deadly S-400 missile defence systems in its arsenal. As China’s conflict with India and Taiwan / US has intensified, the biggest mystery till date is where has Beijing deployed its S-400s?

As India Joins ‘Hypersonic Club’ Which Country Has The Most Powerful Hypersonic Missiles?

Some experts believe that the People’s Liberation Army might as well choose to deploy the S-400s in the 180-kilometre-wide Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainland China, where they might see its greatest impact.

The S-400s which are capable of engaging up to 80 aircraft simultaneously, approximately one-third of Taiwan’s fighting fleet, might come very handy against Taipei’s F-16s and even have an ultimate showdown with the most advanced, stealth fighter jets – US-35s.

Another region where China could choose to deploy its S-400 missiles could be near the India-China border in Eastern Ladakh or somewhere across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), in a bid to counter the aerial threat of the Indian Air Force (IAF) especially the new Rafale jets.

China Using Hi-Tech Drones To Supply Critical Equipment To PLA Troops Stationed Along India-China Border

According to speculation by Indian media and one of India’s most famous commentators Major General GD Bakshi (Retired), the S-400s could have been deployed along the Line of Actual Control region. However, there has been no official confirmation and Eurasian Times could not independently verify these claims.

According to a tweet by Indian defence experts GD Bakshi which appears to be a speculation, the PLA has already deployed the S-400 surface-to-air missiles near the Line of Actual Control Area (LAC), the de-facto border between India and China.

Bakshi said – China (has) not got back an inch from its Galwan and Pangong Tso positions. It has brought in its 4th motor rifle division from Xinjiang. It has deployed ultra-modern Russian S-400 Missiles there.

According to the Pentagon, China has one of the world’s largest forces of advanced long-range surface-to-air systems—including Russian-built S-400s, S-300s, and domestically produced systems that constitute part of its robust and redundant integrated air defence system architecture.

f-16-JET

Considered to be the most advanced of their kind in the world, the Russian-built S-400s are the most modern long and medium-range surface-to-air missile system, designed to detect and destroy aircraft and cruise and ballistic missiles, while also being able to demolish ground-based installations.

As things stand, the S-400s are a match for each and every fighter jet out there, including the fifth-generation F-35 Stealth jets and Indian Rafale jets.

However, Indian Air Force (IAF) has already foreseen the Chinese moves and has been readying itself for Beijing’s deployment of S-300s and S-400s in the Ladakh region since May, having pushed its air defence and radar systems along the LAC.

Hellenic Air Force To Deploy Same Fighter Jets That India Used Against Pakistan Two Decades Ago

A defence source while speaking to an Indian publication, The Print, said –  The IAF has war-gamed the scenario of operating amid Chinese air defence systems which includes the S 400, S 300, LY 80 and other systems. He claimed that the high altitude and the mountains work to the Indian advantage.

Moreover, with the newly acquired French Dassault Rafales which were recently inducted into IAF’s No. 17 Squadron, “Golden Arrows” are expected to deployed up in Ladakh if the situation goes out of control.

The 4.5 generation twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft is equipped with a wide range of weapons and boasts the ability to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike, and nuclear deterrence missions.

No Buyers For Rafale Jets: Why Almost Every Country Dumped French Rafales Except India?

However, despite the Rafales providing New Delhi with the ability to flex their muscles and showcase their enhanced military strength, the formidable S-400 has the ability to neutralise the fighters if it comes within its target range, which Indian jets will avoid.

Air Chief Marshal B. S Dhanoa, had earlier issued a warning when talking about the SAMs at the disposal of Beijing, stating, “Chinese Air Threat is mainly from their Surface to Air Missile Systems” which included the S-400s.

Moreover, according to military experts, the PLAGF (PLA Ground Force) has also deployed its HQ-9 long-range air defence systems along the LAC. According to satellite imagery, two new SAM sites have been pointed out in the Chumbi valley of Tibet, a place at the tri-junction of Indian, Bhutanese, and Tibetan border which lies at the eastern periphery of Sikkim, with the SAM batteries being placed 50 kilometres away from the region where the 2017 India-China skirmishes occurred.

According to analysts, the SAM facilities are strikingly similar to the ones built around the Mansarovar Lake. “Noted roughly 50 km from Naku La and Doka La passes, both surface-to-air missiles sites would close the existing air defense gap around the earlier clash zones.

India has been noted running regular intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance missions in this sector during these standoffs fielding a variety of assets including the Boeing P-8 [patrol aircraft]”

Despite the new findings, according to the research director for the U.S. Air Force’s China Aerospace Studies Institute, Rod Lee, the constructions are not that ‘new’ as claimed and had begun in 2019, meaning China has been preparing for a military stand-off with the Indian side long before their clash at the border.

It is suggested that China also has an eye out for the United States, having already seen bilateral ties with the nation deteriorate under the regime of President Donald Trump.

The US last month, blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals who according to the US were part of construction and military actions in the South China Sea, its first such sanctions over the disputed strategic waterway.

According to military experts, China, which had launched two missiles including an “aircraft-carrier killer” as a warning signal to the US forces in the South China Sea, where the two countries were holding separate military exercises, could deploy one of the S-400s in the region if things escalated further.

The Russian-origin defence systems can engage targets at a range of up to 400 kilometres, up to six times the speed of light, at heights of up to 30 kilometres and can also launch 40N6 missiles (long-range, hypersonic, Surface-to-Air Missiles) to engage low manoeuvrable aerodynamic targets.

Most importantly, the S-400s are said to be the only defence systems capable of taking on the ‘untraceable’ US-made F-35 stealth fighters. The most advanced F-35s are intricately designed to use stealth technology such as radar-absorbing paint, materials, and the angular lines of its fuselage, which enables them to reduce heat signatures and electromagnetic emissions to evade radar systems.

However, the Russians have designed the S-400s especially to counter stealth technology by identifying and tracking stealth aircraft and hypersonic targets, almost nullifying the F-35’s most renowned feature, thereby making the S-400s the most unforgiving piece of modern weaponry in a war-like situation.

In this situation, experts believe, that China would want to keep its S-400s near Taiwan and counter F-35, F-16 jets and use other surfaces to air missiles including HQ-9 long-range air defence systems to deter India.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

INDIAN-NAVY INDIAN-NAVY
Americas3 hours ago

What Is US’ Most Lethal Submarine Killer – The P-8 Poseidon Doing On India-China Border At 15,000 Feet?

US-made Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, also known as ‘Submarine Killer’, has been deployed in Eastern Ladakh near the...

HYPERSONIC-MISSILE HYPERSONIC-MISSILE
Featured3 hours ago

Indian BrahMos Goes Global; After Indonesia, Brazil Looks To Arms Its Gripen Jets With Indo-Russian Missile

The BrahMos-NG is intended to be a mini-version of the existing BrahMos, being lighter and shorter while still having a...

CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600 CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600
Asia Pacific4 hours ago

Seaplanes Set To Make A Comeback As China Threatens The US With Its Amphibious ‘Fish Dragon’

Decades ago, seaplanes proved their might during World War I for surveillance and reconnaissance. Not just that, seaplanes were later...

eurasian times eurasian times
Featured5 hours ago

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran; Fingers Raised Towards Mossad

A senior scientist linked to the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran on Friday,...

indian-air-force indian-air-force
Featured8 hours ago

Third Indian MiG-29 Crashes In A Year – Is It Time To Bid Adieu To Russian Jets & Welcome Western Fighters?

The Indian Navy said on Friday that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft had crashed in the Arabian Sea around 5 pm...

BULLET-TRAIN BULLET-TRAIN
Featured9 hours ago

Modi’s Trillion Dollar Baby: India Bets Big On Its Largest Govt-Funded Project – The Bullet Train

India is gearing up to build its first bullet train corridor covering 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahemdabad. The National...

india-russia india-russia
EurAsian Region10 hours ago

India, Russia To Showcase Their Naval Might In Joint Drills In Baltic Sea

The Russian and Indian navies are likely to conduct joint drills in the Baltic Sea sometime next year, according to...

Pakistani-Passport Pakistani-Passport
Featured12 hours ago

UAE Visa Ban Starts To Pinch Pakistan; 3000 Jobs Lost In First Week As Indian Workers Rejoice

OPED By Haider Abbas

Bubonic Plague Bubonic Plague
Americas14 hours ago

As China Slips In The Covid-19 Vaccine Race, Will Russia Eclipse The US & UK To Get The 1st Shot Out?

As the world continues to battle Covid-19, a study on the efficacy of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine, published in the...

RSS-HINDU-GROUP RSS-HINDU-GROUP
Featured14 hours ago

#LoveJihad: Democratic India Plans To Combat ‘Love Jihad’ In An Attempt To Control Interfaith Marriages

Hindu right-wing has coined the term “love jihad”, to describe the marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy....

Advertisement
Advertisement