Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Chart (2023) Military Ranks


Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

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

MAN-Portable, Air Defense System (MANPADS) [ 1999 ]

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/19/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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.©MilitaryFactory.com
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.©MilitaryFactory.com
Note: The above text is EXCLUSIVE to the site www.MilitaryFactory.com. It is the product of many hours of research and work made possible with the help of contributors, veterans, insiders, and topic specialists. If you happen upon this text anywhere else on the internet or in print, please let us know at MilitaryFactory AT gmail DOT com so that we may take appropriate action against the offender / offending site and continue to protect this original work.


Service Year

China national flag graphic


MAN-Portable, Air Defense System (MANPADS)

China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CNPMIEC) - China
(View other Arms-Related Manufacturers)
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
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ability to engage low-flying aerial threats.

Overall Length
1,500 mm
59.06 in
Barrel Length
1,500 mm
59.06 in
Empty Wgt
35.27 lb
16.00 kg

Integrated Optics


Passive InfraRed Homing

(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)



Rounds / Feed

Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
12,464 ft
(3,799 m | 4,155 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,970 ft/sec
(600 m/sec)

FenNu-6 "HongYing-6" - Base Series Designation
FN-6 "Flying Crossbow" - Alternative Designation

Military lapel ribbon for the American Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Ukranian-Russian War
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2

Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns / operations.


Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2023 Military Pay Chart Military Ranks DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org (World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft), WDMMW.org (World Directory of Modern Military Warships), SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane, and MilitaryRibbons.info, cataloguing all American military medals and ribbons.

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-