BEIJING, May 5 (ChinaMil) -- China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on May 3 that China and Russia will hold a joint computer-enabled anti-missile defense exercise at the scientific research center of Russian Aerospace Defense Forces in May.
This command-and-staff exercise, code-named Aerospace Security-2016, is aimed at preventing homeland from unplanned or provocative attack of ballistic and cruise missiles without targeting any third party.
According to Li Jie, a senior research fellow with the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, the computer-enabled anti-missile exercise means the use of computer-based modern simulation technologies to design the incoming trajectory of enemy missiles, striking frequency and approach, the command and radar systems, taking all possible situations into consideration and coming up with counter measures.
Li said that the Russian anti-missile system is equipped with advanced early warning devices. Its S-300, S-400, S-500 and A-135 anti-missile systems comprise a multilayer defense net. While, Li continued, China lags behind Russia in the overall early warning capability. However, China's Type-052C and Type-052D warships can use the remote radar to track and detect the movement of enemy missiles.
Therefore, Li concluded, Chinese and Russian anti-missile systems have their respective strengths - Russia has a strong early warning and shore-based interception capability while China has more advantages in its sea-based anti-missile capability.
According to Li Jie, the China-Russia joint anti-missile defense exercise indicates that the two countries intend to form a back-to-back defense to protect the rear areas of their territories from missile attack.
It is the first time for the militaries of China and Russia to have such joint exercise, therefore, the two sides first have to unify their data transmission, information communication, command and control under the same system, which requires multiple computer-based simulations, Li said.
The Chinese and Russian militaries should communicate closely to have deeper understanding of each other so as to make better coordination in the joint exercise. Li added.
The author is Tu Meili from the Global Times. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.