Chinese-made QW-2 MANPADS missile now in service with Sudanese People's Liberation Army

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Chinese-made QW-2 MANPADS missile now in service with Sudanese People's Liberation Army.
South Sudan fighters loyal to Dr Riek Machar have acquired sophisticated man-portable surface-to-air missiles system (MANPADS) in preparation for new onslaughts against troops loyal to President Salva Kiir. A photo released by the "theinsider" website end of december 2014 show Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces with a Chinese-made QW-2 man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS).


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Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier with a Chinese-made QW-2 man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS).


The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) is the army of the Republic of South Sudan. The SPLA was founded as a guerrilla movement in 1983 and was a key participant of the Second Sudanese Civil War.

The SPLA was organised into a 210,000-person strong army comprising nine light infantry divisions and a small air force.

The QW-2 is a MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) short-range missile system designed and manufactured in China by CPMIEC (China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation).

Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) are surface-to-air missiles that can be fired by an individual or a small team of people against aircraft. These weapon systems often are described as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.

Although the vast majority of MANPADS are in national stockpiles, terrorists and other non-state actors have acquired the anti-aircraft missiles through deliberate transfers, the black market, or theft. Today average MANPADS can reach a target from a distance of 3 miles (5 km), which means commercial aircraft are most vulnerable during periods of takeoff and landing.

The QW-2 was first showcased to the public in 1998 at the Paris Air Show and entered service with the PLA by the end of the 1990s or early 2000s.

The QW-2 missile can engage aerial targets at ranges between 500 meters to 6 kilometers flying at altitudes between 10 meters and 3,500 meters.


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QW-2 MANPADS at China AirShow 2012
 
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Just make sure you troops know the Mandarin for "Point this end towards enemy"

I lvie in a country where just about everything is made in China and imported - and nothing has a service life measures in years (most things fall apart of stop working withing days - or from the get-go). I would not want to be a soldier shouldering a chinese RPG, let alone something much more sophisticated like this! If chairs break when you sit on them (had two expensive new desk chairs do this, cheap plastic and poor welding - and I am not a blimp), and microwaves catch fire, then sorry my trust is not with their QA testing.