China’s New PL-15 Air-to-Air Missile Has U.S. Air Force Spooked

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PL-15 beyond-visual-range long-range air-to-air missile China’s PL-15 beyond-visual-range long-range air-to-air missile

China conducts the maiden test firing of its new PL-15 beyond visual range air-to-air missile. U.S. media The Daily Beast said in its report “The New Chinese Missile That Has the U.S. Air Force Spooked”, that on that very day, Gen. Herbert Carlisle, the head of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, asked the rhetorical question in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., “How do we counter that and what are we going to do to continue to meet that threat?”

According to Chinese media mil.huanqiu.com’s report yesterday, the website of U.S. media Popular Science monthly says in its report on September 23 that PL-15 has a range of 150 to 200 km longer than all U.S. air-to-air missiles in service.

In addition, it has longer active radar monitoring and anti-jamming data chain. Gen. Carlisle said that…

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