According to VOA, Taiwanese media, citing Google Earth images, said that the Chinese regime had reinforced the air defense units around Zhangzhou and Fuzhou airports in Fujian province. It is a move possibly to deal with Taiwan’s Xiongsheng missile system.
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a special budget in January this year to purchase additional Xiongsheng surface-to-surface cruise missiles with an estimated range of 1,000 to 1,200 km (620 to 745 miles), covering most military bases in the Chinese regime’s eastern theater. Xiongsheng’s attack range covers Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujian, Shanghai, and most Jiangsu.
Xiongsheng missiles are equipped with two warheads, including “high-explosive” warheads aimed at relatively solid military command centers, oil depots, ammunition depots, etc., and scattered warheads that can attack several military airports in Fujian and Guangdong.
In an interview with VOA, Li Zhengxiu, a military expert from Taiwan’s National Policy Research Foundation, estimates that the Xiongsheng missile range covers Fuzhou and Zhangzhou and Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Jiangxi.
Li estimated that there are currently about 2,000 short-and medium-range missiles aimed at Taiwan by the Chinese mainland.
Li added that with far-reaching surface-to-surface missiles, in a military conflict between the two sides of the strait, the communist army would mainly gather in Fujian Province and primarily rely on Fuzhou and Zhangzhou’s two air defense bases to launch the offensive. Therefore, Taiwan must have the ability to counterattack the military airfields on the other side.
Su Ziyun, director of the National Institute of National Defense and Security Research Institute of Defense Resources and Industry Research, believes that China’s military strengthening of its air defense system is to deal with Taiwan and target the U.S. military cruise missiles.
He also predicted that China would establish its military air defense system even more densely in the future.