Chinese missile warheads found on ship en-route to Cuba
Colombian authorities found a total of 99 Chinese-built missile warheads of unspecified type on 3 March during an inspection of Chinese-flagged merchant vessel Da Dan Xiu at Cartagena.
These were due to be delivered to Cuba.
The warheads may have been intended for use in a Cuban programme to develop modernised self-propelled versions of the Soviet-era S-75 Dvina (SA-2 ‘Guideline’) and S-125 Neva (SA-3 ‘Goa’) surface-to-air missile systems.
During his recent visit to Cuba, Russian defence minister Sergiy Shoigu, accompanied by Cuban president Raul Castro visited the headquarters of the Cuban Armoured Division outside Havana on 13 February 2015. Examples of self-propelled versions of single-rail S-75 and dual-rail S-125 Neva launchers based on the T-54/55 main battle tank chassis were displayed, along with their associated ‘Fan Song E’ and ‘Low Blow’ fire-control radars.
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