Sunday, December 2, 2012

LY-80 / HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missile / SAM Air Defense System

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).





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