China Shoots Down Low-Flying Aircraft With Surface-To-Air Missile Ahead Of India-US ‘Yudh Abhyas’ Near LAC

August 18, 2022

Eurasian Times:

China’s state-owned broadcaster, CCTV, reported on August 16 that the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) Xinjiang Military Command conducted tests of an updated surface-to-air defense missile in the region’s high-altitude plateau at the height of more than 4,500 meters (14,760 feet).

According to Yue Gang, a former PLA colonel, the drills involved a new type of HQ-17A short-range air defense (SHORAD) missile.

The timing of the live fire drills by Xinjiang Command is noteworthy, as it comes ahead of the bilateral military drills between the US and India, ‘Yudh Abhyas,’ slated to occur in October, involving two weeks of a high-altitude military exercise in Uttarakhand’s Auli.

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