China has become a world leader in air-defense technologies thanks to the hard work and dedication of researchers at China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp’s Second Academy, the country’s major developer of air-defense weapons systems.
Since the period 2007/2008 China has launched programs to develop new air defense capabilities. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, China air defense systems was mainly composed by old Soviet-made SA-2 / SA-75 Dvina but now Chinese defense industry has designed and developed many types of air defense systems including the HQ-9, HQ-12, HQ-16 and more.
Researchers from the academy’s Zhang Yiqun Laboratory have been playing a vital role in the development of China’s new air-defense missile system by designing its control systems – the “brain” of any missile. Chinese armed forces also use Russian-made air defense system as the S-300 PMU-2 Favorit and the TOR-M1 under the name of HQ-17, Chinese development of the Russian-made Tor-M1 system with multiple improvements.