The Chinese Ministry of Defense announced that it had tested a ground-based interceptor missile system, describing the procedure as defensive and not targeting any country.
The ministry added in a statement late on Sunday evening that the test achieved its expected goals, without providing any other details.
It is noteworthy that China is intensifying research into all kinds of missiles, ranging from those that can destroy satellites in space to advanced ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, as part of an ambitious modernization plan under the supervision of President Xi Jinping.
China has tested interceptor missiles before. The most recent announcement of a previous experiment came in February 2021, and before that in 2018.
State media said that China has been testing interceptor missile systems since at least 2010.
It is noteworthy that China, along with its ally Russia, has repeatedly expressed their opposition to the US deployment of the THAAD air defense system in South Korea.
China explained that the powerful radar of this system can penetrate its territory.
Chinese Defense Minister – Reuters
China and Russia also conducted simulation exercises to counter those missiles.
China has provided few details about its missile programs except for occasional brief statements by the Defense Ministry or in state media.
In 2016, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that it was pressing ahead with tests of missile defense systems after images appeared on state television.