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HQ-26 Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor

The HQ-9B, HQ-19 [THAAD counterpart], HQ-26 [SM-3 counterpart] and HQ-29 [PAC-3 counterpart] are designed primarily for Anti Ballistic Missile capabilities. While the HQ-9A air defense variant of the HQ-9 series is very well attested, the remaining theater missile defense interceptors are poorly attested, and verge on being little more than rumors.

Very little is known about this system, a Sea-based missile that uses a dual pulse motor, such as the motor M136 SM-3 or that of PAC-3 MSE. The certification is expected at the earliest in 2015 and it could equip Type 055 destroyer.




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