According to information published by the “Tactical Report” website on November 24, 2022, Algeria is in talks with China to acquire SY-400 Chinese-made short-range ballistic missiles.
Since its independence, the Soviet Union, and later Russia, has been Algeria’s chief weapons supplier, accounting for 90% of the Algerian armed forces. Until recently, Algeria imported mainly small arms from China. But this changed in the last decade because Algeria decided to diversify its imports of weaponry, turning to Germany, Turkey, Italy, South Africa, the United States, and China.
Since the 2010s, China has provided a large amount of land military equipment to Algeria including PLZ-45 155mm self-propelled howitzers, SR-5 MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket Systems as well as APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles Type-07 and WZ-502G.
The SY-400 also called DF-12 A is a mobile ballistic missile system designed and manufactured by the Chinese defense industry. It was unveiled in 2008.
The TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) is based on 8×8 military truck chassis and has eight containers each carrying one solid-fuel missile. The missiles are launched vertically and have a firing range of about 400 km and can be equipped with different types of warheads.
The SY-400 missile is equipped with GPS/INS guidance system. It is steered to the intended target in the initial flight phase by four control surfaces and stabilizing fins. The missile uses a low lowering rate to extend the range. Multiple missiles can be aimed at different targets.