The U.S. intelligence community discovers “hundreds” of surface-to-air missiles that China recently shipped to its Hainan Island in the South China Seato to protect airstrips on three of the man-made islands against intruders, exclusive report on Fox News.
The missiles now on Hainan island, China’s largest in the South China Sea, are a combination of short- medium- and long-range weapons. And they include one battalion of the advanced SA-21 system, a long-range missle system that is based on fourth-generation Russian software and capable of knocking out aircraft from as far away as 250 miles.
Two military officials told Fox News on Saturday that missiles will be moved to the country’s nearby and disputed man-made islands in the coming months.
Earlier this month, China is reportedly getting ready to deploy another missile defense system from a port in southeast China.
China also flew a long-range bomber around the South China Sea for the first time since March 2015 and days after Mr. Trump’s phone call with his Taiwan counterpart.