QW-2 Vanguard 2

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Qian Wei (Vanguard) 2
Type MANPAD
Place of origin  China/ Bangladesh
Service history
In service 1990’s to present
Used by China, Bangladesh
Production history
Produced Since Mid 1990’s
Specifications
Weight 11.32 kg, 18 kg with launcher
Length 1.59 meter
Detonation
mechanism
Impact & Proximity

Engine rocket
Propellant solid rocket
Operational
range
6 km maximum
Flight ceiling 3 km
Flight altitude 10 meter minimum
Speed > 600 m/s
Guidance
system
Infrared homing
Launch
platform
MANPADS, Type 95 SPAAA

The QW-2 Vanguard 2 is a Chinese all-aspect man-portable infrared guided surface to air missile. It isn't clear when the missile first entered service, but it is likely to have been between 1998 and 2002.[1]

The QianWei 2 (or Vanguard 2, its export name) is the third-generation shoulder-launched, all-aspect IR-homing, 'fire-and-forget' surface-to-air missile developed by Shenyang-based CASIC 119 Factory (Shenyang Hangtian Xinle Ltd). The QW-2 was first revealed during the 1998 Farnborough Air Show. The missile and launcher of the QW-2 bear strong resemblance to those of the Russian 9K310 Igla-1, and the two missile systems are believed to be comparable in performance.[2]


Description[edit]

QW-2 is a development of the QW-1 Vanguard series, and is considered by many domestic Chinese media sources[which?] as the Chinese equivalent of FIM-92E Stinger.

Compared to the QianWei 1, the minimum operating altitude of the QianWei 2 has been reduced from 30m to 10m; the operating range has been increased from 5 km to 6 km; and the missile’s reaction time has been reduced to below 5 seconds. The QianWei 2 features a newly developed dual-band passive IR seeker with strong resistance to heat flares dispensed by the target and solar/ground heat, thus improving the missile’s performance in day/night, all-weather conditions.[2]

Specifications[edit]

  • Length: 1.59 m
  • Missile and launcher weight: 18 kg
  • Missile: 11.32 kg
  • Velocity: 600 m/s
  • Warhead: 1.42 kg HE-fragmentation
  • Engagement range: 500 to 6000 m
  • Engagement altitude: 10 to 3500 m
  • Reaction time: < 5 seconds

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jane's Land Based Air Defence 2005-2006.

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