Vladimir Putin

Russia Helping China With Ballistic Missile Warning System

Vladimir Putin says the technology will "radically enhance" China's defence.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin revealed Russia has been working with China (Library picture: PA).

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow is helping China build a warning system for ballistic missile launches.

Only the United States and Russia have systems like these since the Cold War - the technology features an array of ground-based radars and space satellites.

The system is essential for the early detection of intercontinental ballistic missiles, similar to the Minuteman III missile which the US test-fired fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base this week. 

Speaking at an international affairs conference, Mr Putin said Russia has been helping China develop such a system.

This signals a new level of defence co-operation between the two former Communist rivals, which comes as relations between Washington and Beijing have been reduced to trade wars.

Mr Putin said "this is a very serious thing that will radically enhance China's defence capability".