QW-2 Vanguard 2

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Qian Wei (Vanguard) 2
Place of originChina
Service history
In service1990s to present
Used bySee Users
Production history
ProducedSince mid-1990s
Mass11.32 kg, 18 kg with launcher
Length1.59 meter
Impact & Proximity

Propellantsolid rocket
6 km maximum
Flight ceiling4 km[1]
Flight altitude10 meter minimum
Speed> 600 m/s
Infrared homing

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

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 Airshow. 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.[3]


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.[3]


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  1. ^ "Unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, and cruise missiles" flying at an altitude between 10 m and 4,000 m and at a range between 500 m and 6,000 m." Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/arms/Trends/section24-en.asp
  3. ^ a b "QianWei 2 Shoulder-Fired Air Defence Missile - SinoDefence.com". Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Dr. Michael Ashkenazi,Princess Mawuena Amuzu, Jan Grebe,Christof Kögler and Marc Kösling (February 2013). brief 47 (PDF) (Report). Bonn International Center for Conversion. p. 159. ISSN 0947-7322. Retrieved 8 September 2019. MANPADS A Terrorist Threat to Civilian Aviation?CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ "New Chinese-built MANPADS has entered service with Turkmenistan Army". January 16, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.armyrecognition.com/january_2018_global_defense_security_army_news_industry/chinese_qw-2_manpads_missile_in_service_with_turkmenistan_army.html

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