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China may be testing new long-range air-to-air missile

China may be testing new long-range air-to-air missileChina may be testing a new, long-range air-to-air missile that could take out early warning aircraft and aerial refuelling aircraft, Reuters reports.

The official China Daily said the People's Liberation Army had recently posted pictures online of a J-11B fighter carrying a large, unidentified missile during drills last year.

Air force researcher Fu Qianshao told the newspaper he believed the missile was designed to hit distant high-value targets, such as early warning aircraft, normally outside actual combat zones.

That represents an improved capability over existing Chinese missiles, which have ranges of less than 100 km (62 miles).

The missile may even have an actual range of 400 km (249 miles), exceeding those used by Western air forces, and dive down on targets from the stratosphere, he added.

Chinese state media periodically report on new weapons before there is official confirmation of their existence, Reuters adds.
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