The authoritative military publication, theArmy Recognitionreported that Turkmenistan has purchased QW-2 (Syanvey-2) man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) from China.
According to the Army Recognition, the QW-2 MANPADS was presented during a visit of the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the military border unit of Turkmenistan.
It is a third generation man-portable shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) developed in China by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and export customers. The QW-2 design has some resemblance with the Russian 9K310/SA-16 Gimlet portable SAM system which was the basis for its predecessor the QW-1 SAM system.
The QW-2 missile can engage airborne threats at ranges between 500 meters to 6 kilometers flying at altitudes between 10 meters and 3,500 meters.
According to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, Turkmenistan has already purchase other air defense combat equipment from China including the FM-90 a mobile Short-range air defense missile system, HQ-9 SAM medium to long-range surface-to-air defense missile systems, and KS-1A medium-range mobile air defense missile systems.