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CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow)


MAN-Portable, Air Defense System (MANPADS)


China | 1999



"CNPMIEC of China produced the lightweight FN-6 series MANPADS for use against low-flying aircraft."



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The FeiNU-6 (FN-6 or HongYinh-6) is an indigenously-designed and produced third generation man-portable Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system of China. The weapon is similar in battlefield scope to the American FIM-92 "Stinger" and Russian 9K338 "Igla" series shoulder-launched missile products. The Chinese FN-6 relies on passive infrared to achieve its engagement, tracking and destruction of low-flying aircraft, primarily helicopters and attack aircraft. Its name translates to "Flying Crossbow".

Overall weight of the FN-6 (complete system) is approximately 16 kilograms with a running length of 1,500mm and caliber of 72mm. Maximum firing range is 6,000 meters while the missile can reach up to 3,800 meters, flying at speeds nearing 600 meters-per-second while propelled by a single-stage solid-fueled rocket motor.

The base FN-6 MANPAD family has since grown to include several related forms: The FN-16 debuted in late 2008 as an improved product with increased accuracy and reliability. The HN-6 has come along supporting new optics and Fire Control System (FCS). Performance has, once again, been improved through this new mark. The FN-6A has been forged as part of a vehicle-mounted, turret-operated variant supported by a 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) for local defense. The ZBL-09 ADS is a similar-minded Air Defense System (ADS) revealed in late 2012 relying on the FN-16 missile (tube-launched) system coupled to a 30mm Gatling-style autocannon.

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It has been widely reported that the FN-6 has seen its baptism of fire in the hands of Free Syrian Army forces in the years-long Syrian Civil War (2011-Present). It is responsible for the downing of at least one Syrian Air Force helicopter (an Mil Mi-8 transport). In Iraq, ISIS fighters have also been credited with downing an Iraqi Army Mil Mi-35 gunship with a Chinese-made FN-6.

Beyond China, the FN-6 system has been officially taken into service by the forces of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines and Sudan.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,500 mm
59.06 in
O/A Length
1,500 mm
59.06 in
Barrel Length
35.27 lb
16.00 kg
Weight
Passive InfraRed Homing
Action
72mm
Caliber(s)
Single-Shot
Feed
Integrated Optics
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
12,464 ft
3,799.0 m | 4,154.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
6
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
1,970 ft/sec
600 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow) MAN-Portable, Air Defense System (MANPADS) family line.
FenNu-6 "HongYing-6" - Base Series Designation
FN-6 "Flying Crossbow" - Alternative Designation
FN-16
HN-6
FN-6A
FB-6A
ZBL-09 ADS
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the CNPMIEC FeiNn-6 (HongYing-6) / FN-6 (Flying Crossbow). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CNPMIEC) - China
National flag of Bangladesh National flag of China National flag of Iraq National flag of Malaysia National flag of Pakistan National flag of Peru National flag of the Philippines National flag of Sudan National flag of Syria

[ Bangladesh; China; Cambodia; Iraq; Malaysia; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Sudan; Syria ]
Design Qualities
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Recognition
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