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Along with an imaging-infrared (I 2R) air-to-air missile effort, the Luoyang Optoelectro Technology Development Center is also involved in developing a man-portable I2R surface-to-air missile system, the QW-4. This program is being led by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (Cosic). An effective I2R man-portable surface-to-air missile would provide an even greater capability against low-altitude targets. Luoyang is working on the detector array for the QW-4, but the missile was only in development as of late 2002. Design criteria for the QW-4 released by Cosic claimed a maximum slant engagement range of 6,000 meters (19,680 ft.) and a 4,000-meter maximum altitude.

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