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HY-5

HY-5 (Hongying = Red Tassel) is a shoulder-held air defense missile. The application of the "HY" designation to a missile of this type is somewhat confusing to Westerners, since the other Chinese missiles using the "HY" designator are large coastal defense cruise missiles. The confusion is entirely of Western origin, since the Chinese characters for the Hai Ying [Sea Eagle] anti-ship missile and the Hong Ying [Red Tassel] anti-tank missile are readily distinguished.




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