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HQ-9 (Red Banner-9 / Hong Qi-9)

Medium-to-Long-Range Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense Complex

China | 2001

"The HQ-9 has seen consistent development into more potent forms since introduction by China in 2001."

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The HQ-9 ("Red Banner-9", also "Hong Qi-9") is a self-contained air defense / airspace denial system developed by the nation of China as a medium-to-long-range anti-aircraft weapon. The typical deployment is via 8x8 wheeled heavy truck, giving the system a high degree of mobility in relocating and keeping up with the main fighting force. The HQ-9 series has been exported to a few select global partners since service introduction occurred in 2001. Development of the missile was headed by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation and no doubt influenced by preceding Soviet / Russian types.

The base model has a range out to 125 kilometers (77 miles) with more advanced forms seeing engagement possibilities out to 200 kilometers (125 miles) giving the solution good reach over the modern battlefield.

The HQ-9 missile is featured across vehicle-based, mobile 8x8 wheeled solutions (atop the Taian TA5380 truck) as well as naval shipborne models (as the "HHQ-9"). Other variants include the improved HQ-9A of 2001 and HQ-9B of 2006. The HQ-19 marks a ballistic missile version for defense against inbound like-types. The series is also exported under the "FD-2000/B" (125km/200km range, respectively) and "HQ-9/P" ("P" = "Pakistan" with 100km range) designations.

Guidance is via a semi-active radar homing approach and the missile can reach speeds of up to March 4 up to altitudes of 50 kilometers (31 miles). The warhead type is of typical High-Explosive, FRAGmentation (HE-FRAG) for maximum damage against fragile aerial targets. Four 6.8-meter-long (22 feet), 1,300 kilogram (2,865lb) missiles are contained in four large launch tubes seated over the launcher. The launcher is erected vertically prior to launching.

Current operators beyond China include Morocco (Army), Turkmenistan (Air Force), Uzbekistan (Army), and Pakistan (Army and Air Force)

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the HQ-9 Medium-to-Long-Range Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense Complex.
1 x Deutz diesel-fueled engine developing 517 horsepower to conventional 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
43 mph
70 kph
Road Speed
404 miles
650 km
The physical qualities of the HQ-9 Medium-to-Long-Range Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense Complex.
36.1 ft
11 meters
O/A Length
9.8 ft
3 meters
O/A Width
13.8 ft
4.2 meters
O/A Height
52,911 lb
24,000 kg | 26.5 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the HQ-9 (Red Banner-9 / Hong Qi-9) Medium-to-Long-Range Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense Complex.
4 x HQ-9 Red Banner anti-aircraft missiles provided through four individual launch tubes over the rear of the chassis.
4 x Missiles.
Nightvision - YES, OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES, OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the HQ-9 (Red Banner-9 / Hong Qi-9) family line.
HQ-9 - Base Series Designation; land-based form.
Hong Qi-9 - Alternative designation.
Red Banner-9 - Alternative Designation.
HQ-9B - Advanced / evolved form.
HHQ-9 - Navalized form.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the HQ-9 (Red Banner-9 / Hong Qi-9). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 350 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - China
National flag of China National flag of Morocco National flag of Pakistan National flag of Turkmenistan National flag of Uzbekistan

[ China; Morocco; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Pakistan ]
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Image of the HQ-9 (Red Banner-9 / Hong Qi-9)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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