QW-2 Vanguard 2
|Qian Wei (Vanguard) 2|
|Place of origin||China|
|In service||1990’s to present|
|Produced||Since Mid 1990’s|
|Weight||11.32 kg, 18 kg with launcher|
|Impact & Proximity|
|6 km maximum|
|Flight ceiling||3 km|
|Flight altitude||10 meter minimum|
|Speed||> 600 m/s|
|MANPADS, Type 95 SPAAA|
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.
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 Farnbororough 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.
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.
- 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
- The HN-5 and QW-1 Vanguard are other Chinese man-portable surface-to-air missiles.
- 9K32 Strela-2
- 9K38 Igla
- FIM-92 Stinger
- Anza (missile)
- Jane's Land Based Air Defence 2005-2006.