Algeria bought from China third generation HJ-12 anti-tank systems

ALGIERS, (BM) – China has started exporting the third generation of their Red Arrow-12 anti-tank systems, also known as the HJ-12, learned citing Al-Masdar news agency. According to the China Defense website, Algeria has become the first Arab country to obtain the upgraded Chinese anti-tank system.

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Not surprisingly, the Algerian military has long-standing relationships with the Chinese military-industrial complex. It has bought from China self-propelled howitzers, mortars, and multiple missile launch systems, as well as reconnaissance and attack drones and marine equipment.

According to military experts, HJ-12 will replace the old Soviet complexes that were developed in the first half of the 1970s.

The Red Arrow-12 is one of the systems that operates on the “launch and forget” principle. It was first shown in 2014.

The total mass reaches 22 kg. The missile itself weighs 17 kilograms, and another 5 kilograms is a target, and it has thermal imaging channels, day and night, in addition to a laser range finder. The total length of the launch container is 1200 mm.

Dimensions and weight allow this weapon to be used from the shoulder. The maximum shooting range in daylight conditions is 4,000 meters, at night it drops to 2,000 meters.

Algeria has recently bought Russian fighter jets

As we reported last year Russia and Algeria signed contracts for the purchase of multi-functional heavy fighter Su-30MKI (A) and light MiG-29M / M2.

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According to available information, Algeria has ordered 16 Su-30MKI (A) fighters and 14 MiG-29M / M2 fighters, the fact of signing the contracts is confirmed by the military department. The total cost of delivery of the aircraft themselves is about 1,8 billion dollars, and taking into account additional equipment and armaments to them, exceeds 2 billion.

The interlocutor of said that this Russian-Algerian agreement has become “landmark”, as it is the first contract concluded between Moscow and Algeria after the resignation of President and Minister of Defense Abdel-Aziz Boutefliki in the spring of 2019.

It is noted that Algeria is a traditional customer of Soviet / Russian aircraft. With the supply of Su-30MKI fighters (A), the Algerian Air Force will significantly expand the fleet of aircraft in service.

Since 2007, the Algerian Air Force received 58 Su-30 fighters. At the same time, the light MiG-29M / M2 are intended to partially replace the fleet of already obsolete Soviet-made MiG-29 fighters, delivered at the beginning of the 2000 from Ukraine and Belarus.

So, in January this year an Algerian Su-30 fighter crashed in the province of Umm al-Boisi in northeast of the country. According to preliminary data, both pilots aboard the fighter died.

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Also, in the last months, information has been intensely reported in the world media that Algeria is ready to invest approximately $2 billion for the purchase of new fighter jets

According to various sources, Algeria has already “bought” dozens of fighters, including 14 Su-35 fighters and 14 Su-35 bombers.

This whole order, according to the international information exchange, was happened a day after the crash of the Su-57, which we also reported in detailed reports. $ 2 billion they represent approximately 16% of Algeria’s annual defense budget.


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