China sells more weapons to South-East Asia

China sells more weapons to South-East Asia

According to the November issue of the journal Kanwa Asian Defence, China in recent years is showing tremendous activity in promoting their own weapons to the markets of Southeast Asia and headed for this noticeable success. Across the region, only the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei are not the recipients of Chinese weapons. All the other countries of Southeast Asia at the present time are armed with Chinese standards. This situation has become a reality after June 2009, when China officially put into Malaysia 16 sets of MANPADS FN6 — and it was the first case where Kuala Lumpur directly bought Chinese weapons.

The greatest number of Chinese military hardware was Thailand. Apart from the contract for the supply of 2-patrol vessels, in 2008 the two countries signed an agreement on the transfer of technology for the production of MLRS rockets WS1B with, as the subsequent modernization of the system and the transition to guided missiles. This is the largest project for the development of rocket technology in the Thai army. Tensions between Thailand and Cambodia in recent years has increased very much, despite the fact that Cambodia and Myanmar are also the main consumers of Chinese weapons. Thailand became the first state, bought a Chinese anti-ship missiles S802A with a range of 180 km. According to rumors, this RPC is currently strongly promoted in Myanmar, but this information is not confirmed from the Burmese sources.

In most Myanmar continues Kanwa, a successful transaction in 2009 was the delivery of an unnamed Beijing MVT2000 number of tanks. Because of the lack of hard currency from the customer, some elements of sighting system were alleviated, but still these tanks are the heaviest armored vehicle standards in the region. In parallel, China promoted the tanks T-96 in Thailand, but due to budget constraints the latter was obliged to freeze plans for arms purchases in China.

In Cambodia, most of the gun-boats in the Navy are of Chinese origin. China Cambodia exported to more than 2-boats, one of them is a type of R46S, armed with a 37 mm cannon and anti-aircraft machine gun, and the second is the speedboat R200S. Both are built at Jiangxi.

In Malaysia, all Chinese weapons, not including MANPADS FN6, directly imported, purchased with the help of Pakistan. These systems contain a MANPADS QW1/Anza Mk II, which are already in service with the Malaysian land army also ATRA HJ8F / C. The exhibition Defence Services Asia 2010 (Malaysia), the Chinese delegation presented a set of integration of air defense systems TH-S311, which was specifically designed for MANPADS FN6. The main element of the modernization is to install a car with radar, night vision systems and data exchange systems. As a result of modernization FN6 can use target designation from radar and used in all weathers. In addition, the battery MANPADS FN6 be used against multiple targets. At the current time, the system Malaysia offered. Since 2008, China has vigorously promoted FN6 market Brunei.

In Indonesia Chinese efforts to advance military technology were successful. Navy and the Army are armed with the Chinese air defense system QW1. At the same time, the Air Force should get far SAM acts QW3, which for the first time exported to a third country. Navy Indonesia also the recipient of the ASM S802. Recent efforts by China to the market penetration of Indonesia look even more impressive. At the moment, Indonesia expresses intrigued in guided missile SY400, with a range of 200 km and uses inertial and GPS guidance system, and owns the CHED to 30m. Of course, the countries of Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, are trying very hard to get hold of operational-tactical missile systems.

P. 2 previously reported that Indonesia's PT PAL has some experience of your own ships with new weapons missiles procured abroad. Open sources had information that armed with the Indonesian Navy has the Chinese C-802 anti-ship missiles mounted on 5 missile boats FPB-57 fifth series. These boats are built in Indonesia licenses on the basis of the German project Albatros, standard weapons which were PKR Exocet. Chinese missiles at FPB-57 puts a unit of PT PAL. It is also, allegedly, trying to put on the Indonesian corvettes and frigates Russian "Yahonty." Information about this appeared in the May-August 2010 According to these data, the total number of missiles purchased must be more than 120.

Vietnam and the Philippines, according to the views of the magazine, are the only countries where China is not promoting their weapons. The main reason for this is that these countries dispute with China the rights to a number of islands in the South China Sea. And with sales tools China conducts regional diplomacy strategy of "divide and rule". In other words, using the formula of "friendly to distant countries and to put pressure on the neighboring" and intense selling tool, China is trying to tie the hands of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Malaysia and China lead a territorial dispute over the islands Layan, but appears to be the issue is not among the values for the current time in Beijing.

It must be emphasized that the implementation of Chinese weapons in the region have caused a chain reaction, in particular because of a long-range missile systems. For the countries of the region MLRS WS1B / 2 and SY400 range of 180-200 km fall into the category of strategic weapons. As Thailand and Indonesia will acquire these systems, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and even inevitably be required to purchase these systems. Cambodia also uses Chinese MLRS type 81, and Our homeland is promoting in Malaysia MLRS "Smerch".

With the acquisition of tanks MVT2000 Burmese army became second in power after Malaysia in Southeast Asia. By strengthening its own military ties with Myanmar China can perhaps make new powers to curb the impact of India in the region — and for him it is a major factor in the issue of weapons of Myanmar. This country is a strategic Fri, control of which wished to establish both India and China. Yet, in the area of arms sales, India loses to China in virtually all possible areas, concludes the magazine.

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