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IDEX 2019: ALIT displays small MANPADS for UAVs

21 February 2019
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China Aerospace Long-March International (ALIT) displayed what was labelled as the FN-M Multi-role Missile System at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17-21 February.

The FN-M was displayed on the first day of IDEX, before its sight became disconnected from the launcher. (IHS Markit/Jeremy Binnie)The FN-M was displayed on the first day of IDEX, before its sight became disconnected from the launcher. (IHS Markit/Jeremy Binnie)

An ALIT official said it is primarily designed for shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), making it a manportable air-defence system (MANPADS).

The launcher has an optical sight for acquiring targets, at which point the missile seeker can be locked on before launch. The seeker uses a CCD camera rather than infrared to make it cheaper, the ALIT official said.

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