The latest member of China’s home-grown “Flying Mongoose” family of field air defence missile systems has been cleared for export. The HQ-17AE, dubbed a “low altitude aircraft hunter”, is designed to keep up with frontline units like tank battalions and protect them from drone and helicopter attacks. It consists of a six-wheeled launch vehicle carrying eight short-range air-defence missiles and a solid-state phased-array radar system. US test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile to Pacific atoll According to state media reports, the missile system was developed for overseas markets by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) at its Second Academy in Beijing. Previous versions of the HQ-17 have been exported to several countries, including Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Venezuela.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The nationalist tabloid Global Times lauded the new system’s capabilities, describing it as a “perfect choice” to accompany troops or defend key facilities. The HQ-17AE’s advanced vertical cold launch capability and rotatable tail wings give it a fast reaction time and ability to adapt to complex electromagnetic environments on the battlefield, it said. The HQ-17A – believed to be the domestic-use version of the HQ-17AE – made its first public appearance in 2019, in the October 1 National Day military parade in Beijing, the Global Times said. According to the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance, a US-based non-profit organisation, the HQ-17 family consists of reverse-engineered copies of Russia’s Tor-M1 surface-to-air defence systems. China’s anti-missile intercept test could be a warning to India, source says Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong based military commentator, said air defence support was vital in modern warfare. “Ground troops especially need this capability as missile attacks can determine how long soldiers can fight,” he said. The HQ-17AE has a detection radar which can scan 25km while it is on the move while a second radar tracks and engages once a target has been identified. According to Guangming Daily, each of its eight missiles can track four different targets at the same time. The HQ-17AE can also intercept attacks from tactical air-to-surface missiles, subsonic cruise missiles, stealth aircraft and supersonic cruise missiles and rockets.More from South China Morning Post:Chinese military micro drone unveiled at Abu Dhabi weapons showChina refits combat trucks in Tibet to take on Indian militaryChina-US tension: American commander seeks US$27 billion to hold back PLA in the Indo-PacificThis article China adds ‘aircraft hunter’ field missile system to export weapons list first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
A Hong Kong opposition activist was arrested on Tuesday morning over an alleged assault that took place outside media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s national security law bail hearing last month. Avery Ng Man-yuen stands accused of slapping a 46-year-old man outside the Court of Final Appeal on February 1, according to a police source. The activist said he was granted cash bail of HK$500 at about 2pm after four hours of questioning. Video footage posted to Ng’s Facebook page earlier in the day showed the secretary general of the League of Social Democrats being taken away by officers outside the court in Admiralty, the same spot where the alleged assault took place over a month earlier.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Ng was at the city’s top court to support party vice-chairman “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, who is having his final appeal heard over a contempt conviction for snatching confidential documents from then undersecretary for development Eric Ma Siu-cheung at a 2016 Legislative Council session. In the online footage, Ng is led away by three police officers. “It’s the charge of common assault,” he tells journalists in the video, adding he was unsure to which incident the charge was related. Members of the League of Social Democrats said Ng was taken away at about 10:15am and sent to the Central Police station in Sheung Wan. They said lawyers were handling the case, although it remained unclear whether police would lay charges immediately. Further details of the February 1 incident were later revealed by Ng, who shared a YouTube video uploaded by the alleged victim of the attack, an establishment supporter. In the video posted by “Johnny Patriotic 101”, a man can be seen brandishing a megaphone and uttering words in Ng’s direction outside the Court of Final Appeal, where Next Digital founder Lai was due to attend a bail hearing. After approaching the man, Ng’s left arm can be seen rising up and reaching out towards his right cheek, though a police officer standing between the two and the camera obstructs what follows. Later in the video, the man identified himself as “Johnny” and said he had reported the incident to police. Activist who threw sandwich at former leader CY Leung has conviction quashed Contacted by the Post on Tuesday, the YouTube channel’s owner identified himself as Johnny Tam Ming-kei, confirmed he was the man in the video, and said he had taken the matter to police the same day the alleged assault took place. He said police also took a statement from him on February 1, and that he was expected to give a supplementary statement on Thursday. Ng garnered public attention in 2017 after being convicted of hitting a police officer with a tuna sandwich he had hurled at former city leader Leung Chun-ying during a Legislative Council session. The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2019 after the court ruled prosecutors had failed to prove officer Lau Wing-kwan was a victim by the principle of transferred malice.This article Hong Kong police arrest League of Social Democrats secretary general over alleged assault outside Jimmy Lai bail hearing last month first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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