CAA trophy: militants in Syria discovered components for Chinese MANPADS


In one of the areas left by militants in the west of Aleppo province, the Syrian military discovered a very remarkable find. It may indicate the presence of Chinese fighters weapons.


This is a stereoscopic rangefinder. In an abandoned pickup truck of militants of the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham group (banned in the Russian Federation), Syrian soldiers found not only the device for determining the distance, but also instructions for it in Chinese. It is possible that the device came complete with MANPADS FN-6.

The third-generation portable anti-aircraft missile system FN-6 (Hunying-6) is designed to destroy low-flying aircraft and helicopters of the enemy and is in limited numbers in the arsenal of the ground forces and air forces of the People's Liberation Army of China. But to suspect the PRC of supplying arms to Syrian militants would be an overly rash step. But the whole point is that this is far from the first news of the presence of FN-6 MANPADS in Syrian fighters.

The war in Syria is not a war in Afghanistan, and now China is not at all profitable to arm the Syrian radical forces. If the device really came complete with a Chinese MANPADS, then weapons from the Celestial Empire could fall into the hands of militants through one of the countries to which the PRC exports air defense systems.


It is known that China supplied the armed forces of several foreign states — Peru, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sudan, and Pakistan — with FN-6 man-portable air defense systems. For obvious reasons, the first two countries drop off immediately, most likely the militants could not get weapons from Malaysia, but Sudan and Pakistan are in doubt.


Given Pakistan’s close ties with Turkey, and Sudan with Saudi Arabia and both states with Islamic radical organizations, the possibility of a Pakistani or Sudanese footprint cannot be ruled out.

Back in 2013, the Western press speculated about the use of Chinese MANPADS by Syrian fighters. According to some reports, they were delivered to the Syrian radicals from Qatar. In turn, Qatar purchased a batch of Chinese weapons in Sudan. Further, from Qatar through Turkey, weapons were delivered to Syria. In 2014, a helicopter of the armed forces of Iraq was shot down from such a MANPADS.

Usually, gunmen and ammunition produced either in the USA and countries of Western Europe, or in Turkey, are found in militants in the SAR. Many Soviet-made weapons that once stood on the arsenal of the Syrian and Iraqi armies, and then, during the civil wars, fell into the hands of terrorist groups.

In Idlib, militants are increasingly using Turkish-made military equipment and weapons. According to media reports, more than 70 Turkish were in the de-escalation zone of the conflict tanks, 200 armored vehicles and 80 artillery pieces. A significant part of this military equipment could be transferred to the Turkish military fighters "Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham." For example, the Syrian military often encounters Turkish ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicles controlled by militant crews.

Three years ago, it was reported that militants fighting against the troops of Bashar al-Assad also use TIFV - heavy tracked armored personnel carriers, manufactured in Turkey in the 1990s under an American license. But everything is clear here - the Turkish military is “fusing” on the Syrian front obsolete military equipment that was in service with the Turkish ground forces.

In addition, American-made MANPADS, which they previously did not have, fell into the hands of Syrian militants. Man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems were also very likely to be delivered to Turkish militants. Thanks to the presence of modern MANPADS, the militants managed to knock out two helicopters of the Syrian Arab army in a short time.

But weapons - weapons, and Turkey arranged the supply of militants and uniforms of the Turkish army. Disguised as Turkish servicemen, militants attack the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers, and the latter do not at first understand what it is, being sure that they are before them Turkish soldiers. Captured militants admit that the supply of their units is carried out by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the unfortunate Chinese MANPADS fighters, most likely, could get through the same channels.
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  1. St Petrov 18 February 2020 15: 47 New
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    with so many sponsors - no wonder. From Turkey with sauds to European gaskets. Even Bulgaria was noted.
    And whose it got there - no difference at all. All who produce weapons - can see it in the SAR

    1. dauria 18 February 2020 18: 28 New
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      And whose it got there - no difference at all


      The first question that arose was how to attach this hefty basic rangefinder to the MANPADS launch tube? The second - and what for he is needed there such? And why all of a sudden "from a set of MANPADS". Has anyone seen something similar from MANPADS - two pipes, moreover, crosswise?
      1. vadimtt 19 February 2020 07: 20 New
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        It is also interesting what is in the instructions for what you need. Most likely, to tie the position to the terrain, so that it is immediately clear that the target, for example, behind that building or mound, is still too far away. But this is only against helicopters and attack aircraft operating at low and very low altitudes. It is unlikely that such a bulky device can be used directly in battle, determining the distance to the target in the air.
        And yes, a laser rangefinder would be much more appropriate (but perhaps much more expensive, since you need to measure up to 4-5 km).
  2. Loess 18 February 2020 15: 49 New
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    and now China is not at all profitable to arm the Syrian radical forces.
    Provocation?
    1. St Petrov 18 February 2020 15: 49 New
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      Yes, the same story as with our AK in all the gangs of the world. China sold to some kind of European / Turkish or Arabian country without a second thought - yes to the same Pakistan - and they sent the Basmachis.

  3. boni592807 18 February 2020 16: 01 New
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    Who cares whose complex. The old principle, who benefits? It works great. what
    China sold to someone - it is profitable for him, but there are unnecessary tensions. Not deadly, but NOT NEEDED and somehow not according to Sun-tsu.
    It is beneficial to those who hit several "birds with one stone" at once. It:
    1. Attack on Russia (on the allies - Syria), provoke its real losses (human, V. equipment, moral, geopolitical, etc.). Here and tension with Turkey, somehow successfully developed.
    2. Impact (tension) on relations between Russia and China. Especially with the so-called "Chinese" coronovirus. It's all about Sun-tsu.
    3. We ourselves remain on the sidelines and get benefits in the long run. Add gasoline to the fire and ... direct the "air flow" bully
    Something like that. hi
  4. Never mind 18 February 2020 16: 05 New
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    This is easily calculated.
    1. Nyrobsky 18 February 2020 19: 36 New
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      Quote: It doesn’t matter
      This is easily calculated.

      So Yes. This is not a cartridge case, of which millions are scattered there. The product is numbered, and therefore it is not difficult to track its delivery to one or another country that resold it to the barmaley, but on the condition that China has the same desire.
      1. Never mind 18 February 2020 19: 46 New
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        Is China not obliged to answer upon request because the product is cut.
        1. Nyrobsky 18 February 2020 20: 31 New
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          Quote: It doesn’t matter
          Is China not obliged to answer upon request because the product is cut.
          Probably not. Now very few people owe anything to anyone. He will unsubscribe in the sense that he himself was not directly involved in the delivery of the product to the barmaleas, but how this weapon is consumed in the countries that purchased MANPADS is their own business, even if they chop nuts.
  5. JonnyT 18 February 2020 16: 06 New
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    Uzi people prefer Chinese, through Ugars set.
  6. Paul Siebert 18 February 2020 16: 38 New
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    During the years of the war in Syria, Assad’s army seized weapons from all over the world from the enemy.
    Bearded people have rich sponsors, both in the Gulf countries and in the USA.
    I hope our gunsmiths inspect these samples, compare with our weapons.
    In peaceful conditions, all this is unlikely to fall into our hands. Need to take a moment ... laughing
    1. FORCE 38GB 18 February 2020 18: 51 New
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      Syria made it possible to test OUR, and to split ALIEN weapons ... and not only weapons. Technology, technology, tactics, communications .. yes a lot of things .. Priceless experience !!! nevertheless, life and fate were given for him .....
  7. Lamata 18 February 2020 16: 59 New
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    The arms trade, there are such dark moves that it’s complicated, and not that it’s difficult to calculate, but that they’ve quickly torn off the head’s calculated
  8. knn54 18 February 2020 17: 22 New
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    Another 6 (!) Years ago (according to The Wall Street Journal,) rebels who met with intelligence officials from the US and Saudi Arabia (immediately after the completion of the first round of negotiations in the framework of Geneva-2) claimed a significant amount of Chinese MANPADS from friends -saudits. Deliveries were from warehouses located in Turkey and Jordan, where MANPADS were already ready for shipment ..
  9. ximkim 18 February 2020 18: 07 New
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    To become of course very interesting .. And so .. MANPADS, it is better to produce for their own needs, to give the Allies only during the hostilities. If you sell for the sake of money, then, and in your same aircraft can fly ..
  10. Ros 56 18 February 2020 18: 11 New
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    The request to the Chinese and the numbers will determine where they sold, in principle, everything is simple. But it is theoretically.
  11. parusnik 18 February 2020 18: 13 New
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    What difference does it make, how Chinese weapons got weapons to the militants ... China, they earned money from it .. Money doesn’t smell ...
  12. Thrifty 18 February 2020 18: 30 New
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    Ilya, do you still naively believe that the Chinese are friends to us and therefore will not deliver weapons to the Syrian fighters? In China, socialism quietly rested in the Bose with the abolition of pensions! Terry capitalism now dictates the rules of the game. The Chinese, according to Marx, for the sake of profit, they will sell to anyone and anything! So, it is possible that turntables in Syria were shot down precisely from these Chinese MANPADS!
  13. svp67 18 February 2020 18: 50 New
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    It may indicate that the militants have Chinese weapons.
    So many of them have already been "printed by" their printer, which would be surprising if this did not happen. Nevertheless, China now ranks second in terms of arms sales in the world. And at the expense of MANPADS, that's not a question at all, is there a number on the launcher or any of the devices, ask our "Chinese comrades" to simply check which country it was previously delivered to. Yes, I think our Russian Defense Ministry has already done this, since MANPADS are a very serious and dangerous type of weapon, the proliferation of which is strictly controlled by international treaties
  14. Jack O'Neill 18 February 2020 19: 45 New
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    Same thing with the HJ-8. China sells to Sudan, and Sudan pushes through black barmels. The same thing with American weapons, and Russian.
  15. faterdom 18 February 2020 22: 24 New
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    Third-generation man-portable air defense missile system FN-6 (Hongying-6)

    Cool name. And on TV you won’t announce, “such and such a complex was removed, they say, such and such,” they will be fined immediately.
  16. akims 18 February 2020 23: 51 New
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    Here, I recommend watching the latest news by Anna News:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcUpTNUmh0
  17. Prisoner 19 February 2020 13: 54 New
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    He doesn’t doze off, troubled as far as possible.
  18. vk312 20 February 2020 00: 07 New
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    It is very interesting to me since when did the optical base rangefinder become a "component for Chinese MANPADS"? By what principle? MANPADS - a pipe, and a rangefinder - a pipe? So what? .. MANPADS - this is a portable anti-aircraft missile system. For ONE fighter. Or is he still running a rangefinder department?
    Author, respond ...