Report24 was one of the few media in German-speaking countries to report on Chinese military transporters that landed in Serbia with an unknown order and cargo. For this report, many people scolded us for spreading fake news. Of course, this story was also true and verified. Now “Military News” confirms: The huge transporters delivered an anti-aircraft missile system to Serbia namens HQ-22.
The transport took place on April 9, when Report24 also reported: “Further escalation: China sent six army strategic transport planes to Europe”. There was concern that China could intervene in the Ukraine crisis. Now it turned out that it was an important arms purchase by Serbia.
Of the detailed report in military news confirmed that these flights took place – and the colleagues also researched the reason. China delivered the HQ-22 missile system from the Chinese manufacturer Goizhou Aerospace/Shaanxi to Serbia. It is used for air defense against aircraft, helicopters, drones and cruise missiles “at all altitudes”. Up to twelve rockets can be fired simultaneously, each capable of a speed of Mach 6 (7,350 km/h). The detection range of the system is 250 kilometers, the effective range is 100 kilometers and up to 27 kilometers in height. Serbia is the first foreign customer to be supplied with the system by China.
The Chinese military machines are equipped with defensive systems that were in full operational readiness. Photos show that the relevant covers had been removed. Apparently China saw the possibility that the transport could be attacked – by whom it is unclear. Some NATO countries had apparently prohibited the overflight. Serbian head of state Aleksandar Vučić also publicly complained about this.
Serbia uses Chinese combat drones
Serbia relies on Chinese military technology in various areas. Thus, in 2020, Chinese combat and reconnaissance drones of the type Chengdu Pterodactyl-1-UCAV put into service. With these drones, China proved how precisely Western technology can be analyzed and copied even today. The drones look confusingly similar to the drones from General Atomics, it is assumed that they are adapted copies. The difference: US MQ-9 Reaper drones cost up to 30 million US dollars, the Chinese version only one million. The drones have a radius of action of 1,500 kilometers.