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FN-6 Hongying-6 MANPADS

Date Of Introduction2006
Country Of OriginChina, People's Republic of
proliferationBangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Malaysia, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Sudan, Syria
Alternative DesignationFN-6 or Fei Nu-6
DescriptionShoulder fired, IR homing, heat seeking, surface to air missile designed to destroy fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, and UAVs
Maximum Velocity600 m/s
Maximum Range5,500 m
Maximum Altitude3.8 km
Minimum Range500 m
Minimum Altitude15 m
Attack CharacteristicsMissile can attack incoming, outgoing, and crossing aircraft
Proximity fuzeYes
Crew2 (can be fired without second team member)
Guidance SystemInfrared Homing
Missile Weight10.7 kg
System Weight17 kg
Missile Length1495 mm
Missile Diameter72 mm
Fin Span0.18 m
Enhanced Optical SightYes
Night SightYes
FN-6AVehicle mounted version of FN-6 first revealed to public in 2005. The system is based on a Chinese HMMWVS, 4x4 light tactical vehicle.
QW-1Export version of FN-6
FN-16US sources reprot that the FN-16 is an improvement of earlier FN-6, with better all aspect attack capability and better resistance against electronic countermeasures, while Chinese sources report that it is an entirely new missile. Another major improvement is in its seeker, which in addition to the original IR guidance, UV guidance is also incorporated, a practice adopted in the later version of FIM-92 Stinger. Like its predecessor FN-6, FN-16 can also be fitted with both IFF systems used on FN-6, and just like FN-6, FN-16 is re-designated as FY-16 (Fei Ying meaning Flying Eagle) when equipped with IFFs.
HN-6HN-6 is a further development of FN/FY-6/16. HN-6 utilizes fire control systems (FCS) of earlier FN/FY-6/16 MANPADS, but a new FCS sight of unknown designation has also been developed. In addition to improved performance over the original FN/FY-6/16 MANPADS, HN-6 incorporates a protective cap over the seeker of missile, offering better protection against the environmental elements. Based on the photos and video clips of PLA training, this protective cap does not appear to be automatically ejected when the missile is fired, but instead, it is manually removed before firing the missile. Another improvement of HN-6 over the earlier FN/FY-6/16 MANPADS is that it incorporates a fire station similar to that of RBS 70 and Mistral: a seat is attached to the light weight tripod firing stand that can be folded for transportation and storage, and the operator is protected by a bulletproof glass shield.

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