China’s HQ-22 Medium-Long Range Surface-To-Air Missile System

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China's HQ-22 Medium-Long Range Surface-To-Air Missile System

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The HQ-22 Medium-Long Range Surface to Air Missile Battery is a defense system indigenously made by China.

It was first revealed in 2014 in a downgraded form and was known as the FK-3.

The FK-3 is also its export designation. Similarly to the practice of the US and others, an export version is a slightly worse-off version of the main system.

As such, the HQ-22 is seen as an “upgraded version” of the FK-3.

The HQ-22 was first publicly revealed in 2016 and entered service in 2017.

So far it is one of the most capable Chinese air defense missile systems. It replaced the aging HQ-2 air defense system.

The HQ-22 is an all-weather medium-long range air defense weapon system.

The surface-to-air missile weapon system can attack 3rd generation fighters, armed helicopter and medium and high UAV and other aerodynamic targets.

It has sufficient protection against interference, and it can be used in mobile operations.

China's HQ-22 Medium-Long Range Surface-To-Air Missile System

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It is relatively cheaper to produce than the HQ-9 and now forms one of the mainstays of China’s air defense system, replacing the Cold-War era HQ-2.

It features command guidance and semi active radar homing guidance.

The HQ-22 has large kill airspace ranges up to 150-170 km at an altitude from 50 to 27,000m with super adaptive anti-jamming capacity with several anti-jamming measures.

The FK-3 is capable of intercepting various targets like fixed-wing aircraft (including UAV), cruise missiles, tactical air-to-surface missiles, armed helicopters and more.

It’s killing zone sits at a slant range of 5km-100km and an altitude of 0.05km-27km.

In June 2020, the Thailand Navy commissioned a FK-3 defense system, received a few months earlier from China.

The conclusion of a contract for the purchase of the FK-3 air defense system for the Thai Navy was not publicly reported, but it is known that in June 2019, the Thai Navy’s procurement department issued tender documents for the acquisition of a medium-range ground-based air defense system, with a maximum price of 1.97 billion baht ($63.983 million).

It is unclear how many systems were ordered.

A new customer for the FK-3 defense system is Serbia, which announced that it had ordered a battery in August 2020.


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What is better 12 or 4 tubes?!

“Vityaz” S-350 is better!

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Ray " Uncle Sam"

the range is important! and the fact that the HQ 22 can only be used to fight 3rd gen fighters is concerning!


All Chines copies of Russian systems are never on pair with the Russian if not Russia could never be able to sell their systems which are sometimes much more expensive.
Chinese systems are poor man’s air defenses because always cheaper.


It is interesting that this fact is only mentioned in some western media “the possibility of hitting only planes, 3 generations”?!? It’s funny, since the system was first introduced for the first time, in 2016. Who made the systems for hitting 3 generation planes in 2016 ?! And at the same time, he set up the same system to defend the capital of China, Beijing. Well, they are not Indians, to introduce a system such as HQ-22 / FK-3 in their army in 2018, to defend the capital of China. Since it was deployed in the ring around Beijing for the first time. And that system can only work against “3 generation” planes?!?! Which was produced in the 60’s and early 70’s ?! The Chinese are great powers, as far as technology is concerned, the anti-air protection system in 2016 will present it for the first time at the fair, only in 2018 will it enter the Chinese army. For shooting down “planes from the 60’s”?!?! That only a total idiot can believe, the above obviously stupid and propaganda text.

Alberto Garza

now they copied the s300 >???