The LY-80 is the export variant of the HQ-16 mobile, medium-range, Surface-to-Air (SAM) Air Defense System and developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The HQ-16 can be used to defend in all-weather conditions against multiple targets, such as aircraft, helicopters, unmanned
aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and other
precision guided munitions.
Each 6 x 6 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) carries 6 sealed rounds,
which are cold-launched vertically at a range of up to
40 km and an altitude of up to 18 km depending on target.
The missiles carry a semi-active radar seeker for guidance. The naval version of the HQ-16 is designated HHQ-16 and used on the Type 054A frigate.
The HQ-16 can be integrated with other Air Defense Systems, such as the long-range HQ-9, short-range HQ-7 and close-range LD-2000 to form a multi-layer Integrated Air Defense System (IADS).