Chinese missile brigade tests HQ-16 medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems at an undisclosed region in northwest China.
The HQ-16 medium-range anti-aircraft missile systems attached to a missile brigade under the PLA 41st Group Army fire surface-to-air missiles at simulated targets during the live-fire training at an undisclosed region in northwest China on Sept. 6, 2016.
The live-fire training aims to test the performance of the HQ-16.
This is a land based version of the HQ-16 system used in ships (and fired from VLS (Vertical Launch System) containers.
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The HQ16A (LY-80) missile can intercept an aerial flying target from an 15 m to 18 km of altitude, while its maximum interception range for combat aircraft is 40km, and between 3.5 km and 12 km for cruise missiles flying at an altitude of 50 meters at a speed of 300 meters/second.
Single-shot kill probability is a claimed figure of 85 per cent against combat aircraft, and 60 per cent against cruise missiles. The missile guidance system is of the composite type, comprising initial independent inertial guidance and intermittent illumination and semi-active homing terminal guidance.