New satellite images have revealed and confirmed a ‘nightmare’ situation for the USA, as listed champions of ‘free military navigation’ around the world. Beijing has decided to reinforce its HQ-9 air defense system in the Spratly Islands.
China previously deployed close-in weapon systems, which often serve on ships as a ‘last line of defense’ against incoming enemy missiles, and have toggled on and off between positioning HQ-9 surface-to-air-missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel Island chain.
But this time its different, because now China has actually deployed the ‘launch systems’ for the HQ-9 missile defense systems. The latest move seems to have been months in the making, so its not in response to the U.S. deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group, currently patrolling in the South China Sea.
Business Insider / AA Magnum News 2017.