During the EDEX 2021, Egypt Defense Exhibition, the Chinese company ALIT (Aerospace Long-Mach International Trade) unveiled the FB-10A, a new model of short-range air defense system mounted on a 6×6 chassis of light tactical vehicle Dongfeng Mengshi.
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A scale model of the FB-10A short-range air defense missile system was displayed by ALIT at the EDEX Egypt defense exhibition in December 2021. (Image source Army Recognition)
The previous version, the FB-10, was unveiled in 2016 at the Zhuhai Air Show in China. The system was mounted on a 6×6 truck chassis with an electronically scanned array radar, an optical sensor and eight missile tubes. The FB missile is capable of engaging air targets at a maximum range of 10 km and at an altitude of 15 to 5,000 m.
The FB-10A’s launch vehicle is based on a Dongfeng Mengshi 6×6 light tactical vehicle chassis with a forward crew cabin with two doors on each side, while the missile launcher is mounted on a cargo area at flat at the rear of the vehicle.
The weapon station consists of two modules of four missile containers ready to fire with a surface-to-air missile using infrared imaging technology. According to Chinese military sources, the technical specifications of the FB-10A missile are equivalent to those of the Hongqi-10 surface-to-air missile system which uses an advanced rolling projectile and a “dual-mode” infrared/radar composite guidance system, which can intercept anti-ship missiles at four times the speed of sound.
The FB-10A missile is cheaper than the Hongqi-10 missile and it has a maximum firing range of 10 km.
China Aerospace Long-March International Co., Ltd (ALIT), the main subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is a leading state-owned enterprise authorized by the Chinese government for the export and import of systems of aerospace-related weapons, products and technologies.
The FB-10A was first shown at Zhuhai AirShow 2021. (Image source China Internet)