The only available photo of the FT-2000 reveals certain features of the HQ-9 missile system. Like the Russian S-300PMU, the FT-2000 is cold-launched vertically from an indigenous Taian TA5380 8X8 heavy-duty transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle.
FT-2000的唯一可得的图片展示某些HQ-9导弹系统的特征。类似俄国S-300 PMU，FT-2000采用“冷-发射”垂直从一辆Taian TA5380 8X8重载运输-架设-发射装置(TEL)车辆上发射。
The HongQi-9 (HQ-9) is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather surface-to-air missile system to counter aircraft, helicopters, and cruise missiles. It also has limited capabilities against tactical ballistic missiles. Developed by China Academy of Defence Technology, the missile system may have entered service with the PLAAF Surface-to-Air Missile Corps in limited numbers since 1997. A shipborne version is being deployed onboard the PLA Navy’s Type 052C air defence missile destroyer. An anti-radiation variant known as FT-2000 has also been promoted to the export market.
The HQ-9 was developed by China Academy of Defence Technology (CADT), China’s leading surface-to-air missile designer and manufacturer located in the western suburb of Beijing. A subordinate of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), the academy is also known as China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy, or 2nd Aerospace Academy. An export variant FT-2000 fitted with an anti-radiation seeker has been promoted by China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC) to the international market.
The HQ-9 development programme began in the early 1980s. The missile design was initially based on some limited U.S. Patriot air defence missile technology, but was later incorporated with Russian S-300 missile design and technologies. Like the Patriot, the HQ-9 uses a ‘Track-Via-Missile’ (TVM) terminal guidance system. The early prototype was launched from a Patriot-style slant-positioned box-shape container launcher, but the missile was seriously oversize due to China’s substandard solid fuel rocket technology. After China imported the S-300PMU missile from Russia in the early 1990s, the HQ-9 missile was redesigned to incorporate Russian missile rocket, aerodynamic layout, and launch system. The resulting HQ-9A is ‘cold-launched’ vertically from a S-300-style tube launcher system.
The HQ-9 was initially developed to replace the PLA’s bulk of obsolete HQ-2 (Chinese copy of the Soviet/Russian SA-2 Guideline), but the slow progress in the development forced the PLA to purchase the S-300PMU missile from Russia. By the time the HQ-9 was ready for operational deployment in the late 1990s, the missile was already behind foreign air-defence missiles such as U.S. PAC3 and Russian S-300PMU2 in terms of technology and performance. Only a small number of the HQ-9A are being deployed by the PLA for operational trial and evaluations. The naval variant of the HQ-9A is deployed onboard the Type 052C destroyer which was commissioned in 2004.
HQ-9最初发展去代替PLA大量陈旧的HQ-2(苏联/俄国SA-2“方针”（Guideline）的中国仿造型)，但是发展的慢速进展迫使PLA从俄国购买S-300 PMU导弹。在时间上HQ-9在1990年后期准备用于操作部署，导弹在技术和性能条件上已经落后于一些先进的国外防空导弹，像是美国PAC3和俄国S-300 PMU2。只有少量的HQ-9A用于操作试验和评估被PLA部署。HQ-9A的海军舰载改型在2004 年服役的052C型驱逐舰上配置。
The HQ-9 is reported to have a slant range of 200km up to an altitude of 30km. The missile has a proximity fuse with an effective range of 35m, which goes active when the missile is 5km away from its target. The missile is transported and launched on Taian TAS5380 8X8 transport-erector-launcher (TEL), which has four canisters that look almost identical to those used in the S-300PMU1. Like the S-300, the FT-2000 is cold-launched.
HQ-9据说倾斜射程200公里，高度直到30公里。导弹的近炸引信有效范围35米，当导弹距离目标5公里远时开始起作用。导弹在一辆Taian TAS5380 8X8运输-架设-发射装置(TEL)车上被运输和发射，四个几乎看起来与S-300 PMU1所使用相同的发射箱。类似S-300，FT-2000采用“冷-发射”。
GUIDANCE & FIRE CONTROL
The HQ-9 system uses a large HT-233 3D phased array radar (PAR) for surveillance and target acquisition. The radar is also used on the KS-1A intermediate-range SAM. The radar is said to be capable of tracking 50 targets simultaneously. The HQ-9 may also be compatible with the Russian tracking radar, making it suitable to be deployed in combination with the S-300. (Photo: via China-Defense.com forum)
The HQ-9’s guidance is very similar to that of the Patriot missile, consisting of inertial initial guidance + radio command midcourse correction + track-via-missile (TVM) terminal guidance. Midcourse correction commands are transmitted to the guidance system from the ground engagement control station. The target acquisition system in the missile acquires the target in the terminal phase of flight and transmits the data using the TVM downlink via the ground radar to the engagement control station for final course correction calculations. The course correction commands are transmitted back to the missile via the command uplink.
The HQ-9 system reportedly uses a large HT-233 3D C-band mono-pulse planar phased array radar, which operates in the 300MHz bandwidth and has a detection range of 120km and tracking range of 90km. The radar can detect targets in azimuth (360 degrees) and elevation (0 to 65 degrees), and is capable of tracking some 100 airborne targets and simultaneously engaging more than 50 targets. The radar system is carried on a Taian TAS5380 8X8 heavy-duty cross-country vehicle.
HQ-9系统据传使用一个大型HT-233 3D C-波段单脉冲平面相控阵雷达，在300 MHz带宽中操作，探测距离120公里和追踪距离90公里。雷达能发现方位(360度)和俯仰角(0到65度)的目标，而且能够追踪大约100个空中目标和同时交战超过50个目标。雷达系统携带在一辆Taian TAS5380 8X8重载越野车辆上。
The HQ-9 may also be compatible with the Russian tracking radar, making it suitable to be deployed in combination with the S-300.
In 1998 CPMIEC revealed a unique anti-radiation surface-to-air missile system FT-2000, which was designed engage airborne warning and control system (AWACS) and other electronic warfare aircraft at long ranges. Based on the HQ-9 design, the FT-2000 is fitted with a passive radar-homing seeker and is launched from a 8X8 transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle carrying four missile tube launchers.
The FT-2000 is a scaled down version of the HQ-9 fitted with a passive radar seeker that homes the missile using the electronic emission of enemy AWACS and electronic warfare (EW) aircraft. When the missile detects and locks on to the radar or jammer, it can home on the target autonomously at 1,200m/s while sustaining a 14G overload. The FT-2000 can also be used in co-operation with friendly aircraft when the onboard radar warning receiver detects hostile signal. In addition, the FT-2000 missile has a built-in inertial navigation system, so that whenever it has acquired a lock-on, it will continue towards the target even if the emitter is shut down, although the missile's accuracy would seriously degrade in this case.
For the detection and localisation of hostile radar emissions and jammers the FT-2000 makes use of four ground-based Electronic Support Measures (ESM) sensor posts, each of which is mounted on wheeled vehicles and can together track 50 targets simultaneously. The ESM sensor posts are deployed at a distance 30km from each other. The missile launchers are deployed near the central ESM sensor station at a distance of 150 metres. Additionally, the missile can also be used in conjunction with surveillance and target acquisition radars.
Despite being regarded as the first of its kind in the world, the real effectiveness of the FT-2000 in operation was somehow doubtful. The missile caught great attention when it was first revealed in 1998, but did not enter production due to lack of interest from either domestic or international market.
To reduce the cost, the HQ-9 is designed to be flexible enough to employ a wide range of radars, both the search/surveillance/acquisition radar and the tracking/engagement/fire control radar (FCR).
Fire control radar
Many FCRs of other Chinese SAM can be used for HQ-9, such as FCR used in KS-1 SAM, SJ-212, itself an enlarged and improved version of the SJ-202 fire control radar (FCR) used in HQ-2J. H-200 & SJ-231 FCRs of latter models of KS-1 SAM are also compatible with HQ-9.
To maximize the combat effectiveness of HQ-9, a dedicated FCR for HQ-9 was developed, and it is most commonly seen with HQ-9. Designated as HT-233, this radar is the most advanced FCRs HQ-9 could employ, and it has greater similarities to the MIM-104 Patriot's MPQ-53 than the S-300's 30N6 (Flap-Lid) series,working in the NATO G-band (4–6 GHz) also as a search and targeting radar. This could be due to an alleged transfer of a Patriot missile to China from Israel.The radar can search a 120 degree arc in azimuth and 0-90 degrees in elevation out to 300 km, with a peak power output on 1MW (average 60 kW). The radar is credited as being able to track 100 targets and guides up to 6 missiles to 6 targets, or alternatively, to 3 targets with a pair of missile for each target.
HT-233 is the FCR used by HQ-9 that is closest to AN/MPQ-53: In comparison to earlier H-200 radar used by early models of KS-1 SAM which uses a simple horn instead of lens arrangement, HT-233 radar adopts lens arrangement of AN/MPQ-53. In comparison to SJ-231 radar used by the latest model of KS-1, HT-233 has a thousand more phase shifter on its antenna array, totaling four thousand, as opposed to the three thousand of SJ-231. In contrast, both AN/MPQ-53 & 30N6E radars have ten thousand phase shifters on their antenna arrays respectively. HT-233 radar is mounted on Tai'an TAS5501 10 x 10 high mobility cross country truck, and operates in C-band at 300 MHz. When deployed as a search radar TH-233 is fielded at brigade level, while FCR radars deployed would be SJ-212, H-200 or SJ-231. HT-233 is credited with a detection range of 120 km,scanning 360 degrees in azimuth and 0-65 degrees in elevation. It can track 100 targets and designate 50 for engagements.
Several search radars are discovered to be associated with HQ-9, including anti-ballistic radars and anti-stealth radars.
Type 305B radar
Type 305B (also known as LLQ-305B) radar is the standard search radar for HQ-9, and it is a development of YLC-2 Radar. This 3-D radar which has an antenna height of 3.5 meters, and employs sixty 350 mm waveguide feeds. It operates in the S-band at a wavelength of 11.67 cm.
Type 120 radar
Type 120 (also known as LLQ-120) radar is the low altitude search radar, it is a telescoping radar with an antenna height of 2.3 metres folded, and 7 metres unfolded, using a feed network of sixteen 230mm wave guides. It rotates at a maximum of ten revolutions per minute, and operates in the L-band at a wavelength of 23.75 cm.
Type 305A radar
Type 305A (also known as LLQ-305A) radar is another search radar for HQ-9 system. This AESA radar is designed maximize the anti-ballistic capability of HQ-9, and it resembles Thales Ground Master 400 AESA radar. Very little info is released about this radar other than it can also act as Fire-control radar.
YLC-20 passive sensor
Although Type 305 radars are effective against stealthy targets such as F-35, full stealth target such as B-2 is difficult to detect. YLC-20 passive radar was conceptually based on KRTP-91 Tamara passive sensor, incorporating experience obtained from documentation acquired during the abortive attempt to procure six Czech VERA passive sensors. YLC-20 passive radar was first revealed in 2006.
DWL002 passive sensor
DWL002 passive radar is the development of earlier YLC-20, incorporating Kolchuga passive sensor, four of which were sold to China.Like its predecessor YLC-20, DWL002 is also developed by China Electronics Technology Corp. (CETC).
305A型（也称为LLQ-305A型）雷达是HQ-9系统，另一种搜索雷达。这种AESA雷达的目的是最大限度地提高HQ-9反导能力，它类似于泰利斯公司Ground Master 400 AESA雷达。针对此雷达以外很少的信息被发布，还可以作为火控雷达。
FD-2000 - First revealed in the 8th Zhuhai Airshow, the export version of HQ-9, providing extra anti-stealth capability by incorporating YLC-20 passive radar sensor as an option.FD-2000 made its name by once securing Turkish surface-to-air missile contract, later cancelled due to political reasons. FD2000's reaction time from radar contact to missile engagement is around 12–15 seconds. It covers an area of 49000 square kilometres. FD-2000 was on exhibition in Zhuhai Airshow 2014.
FT-2000 - Anti radiation version that was the first model of HQ-9 family being completed.
HQ-9 - TVM version SAM.
HHQ-9 — Naval version.
HQ-9A — Upgraded version, first tested in 1999 and service entry in 2001.Chinese sources claim that the HQ-9 family of systems employ much newer computing technology than imported Russian S-300PMU/PMU1/PMU2 systems, because HQ-9 is developed more than a decade later, thus allowing it to incorporate advancement in microelectronics. Due to the superior computing capability for signal processing, data processing and guidance support, this missile can have an optional semi-active radar homing (SARH) mode, because more info can be processed on board the missile itself.
HHQ-9A — Ship-borne naval version of HQ-9A. Eight 6-cell vertical launch silos, of cylindrical shape and using "cold launch" method, mounted on the Type 052C destroyer (48 missiles in total).
HQ-9B — reportedly tested in February 2006.According to Jane's Information Group, this missile has a dual seeker that incorporates both SARH & infrared homing mode
HQ-9C - Currently under development, incorporating active radar homing mode.
HQ-19 - A vastly upgraded version of HQ-9 to counter ballistic missile and satellites on the lower end of Low Earth orbits, and it is the Chinese equivalent of THAAD. HQ-19 is armed with a dual purpose exosphere kinetic kill vehicle (kkv) warhead designed by a team led by Professor Zhou Jun (周军), which can be used against ballistic missile warheads or satellites.Its first flight occurred in 2003; since then, the missile has conducted several other tests, including one on November 1, 2015.
SC-19 - HQ-19 derivative using Kaituozhe-1 space booster as engine instead of the original engine used in HQ-9/19. Due to the size difference of engines, SC-19 also has to adopt a new launcher/transporter designated as KT-409.Like HQ-19, SC-19 can also be used to counter either ballistic missile or satellite on the lower end of low Earth orbits.
HQ-26 - Chinese equivalent of SM-3 for naval deployment,upgraded HQ-9/19 equipped with a dual pulse solid rocket motor for the final stage like SM-3.Its certification is expected in 2015 at the earliest.
HQ-29 - Chinese equivalent of MIM-104F (PAC-3) (PAC-3), with engine upgrade for the final stage: instead of a single dual pulse solid rocket motor, HQ-29 is equipped with over a hundred tiny pulse solid rocket motors mounted in the forebody of the missile,but the exact number remain unknown due to lack of publicized information. Its first flight was achieved in 2011 and it is expected to be deployed by the end of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.At least one additional test was conducted in 2013.
FD-2000型 - 首次展示，在第8届珠海航展上，HQ-9的出口型，通过结合YLC-20无源雷达传感器作为选装配置提供额外的反隐身能力。FD-2000型是一次同土耳其地对空导弹合同中用的名称，后来该合同取消了，由于政治上的原因。FD2000的反应时间从雷达与导弹投入约12–15秒。占地面积49000平方公里。 2014年FD-2000型在珠海航展。
FT-2000型 - 反辐射型号，这是HQ-9系列完成的第一款改型。
HHQ-9 - 海军型号。
HQ-9A - 升级型号，在1999年首次测试和2001年进入服役，消息来源称HQ-9系统系列相比俄罗斯进口S-300PMU/PMU1/PMU2系统采用非常新的计算机技术，因为十多年过去后发展HQ -9，从而使其能够结合进步的微电子技术。由于超强的计算机能力用于信号处理，数据处理和引导支持，这种导弹可以有一个可选的半主动雷达制导（SARH）模式，因为更多的信息可以在导弹本身弹载系统上进行处理。
HHQ-9A - HQ-9A舰载海军型号。八组6单元垂直发射单元，圆柱形，用“冷发射”方式，安装在052C型驱逐舰上（总共48枚导弹）。
HQ-9B - 报道在2006年2月测试，根据简氏信息集团的消息来源，这种导弹具有双重导引头包含半主动辐射寻的（SARH）与红外寻的模式。
HQ-9C - 目前正在开发中，结合主动雷达制导模式。
HQ-19 - HQ-9的重大升级型号以对抗弹道导弹和在低地球轨道低端的人造卫星，它相当于中国的THAAD。红旗-19导弹装备有双重目的外大气层动能拦截器（KKV）战斗部，由Zhou Jun (周军)教授领导的一个团队设计，可以针对弹道导弹弹头或卫星。.它首次飞行发生在2003年；自那时以来，该导弹已进行其他几项测试，其中包括2015年11月1日的一次。
SC-19 - HQ-19衍生型采用开拓者-1助推器而不是用于红旗9/19原发动机。由于发动机的大小不同，SC-19也有采用新的发射装置/运输载具并指定为KT-409型。像HQ-19，SC-19也可使用去对抗任何导弹或低地球轨道下端上的卫星。
HQ-26 - 相当于中国的SM-3导弹在中国海军部署，升级版的HQ-9/19搭载了双脉冲固体火箭发动机用于末级像SM-3一样。最早有望在2015年部署。
HQ-29 - 相当于中国的MIM-104F（PAC-3），发动机为末级升级：而不是一台单一的双脉冲固体火箭发动机，HQ-29百余台微小的脉冲固体火箭发动机安装在导弹的弹体前部，但确切的数字，由于缺乏公开的信息仍未知。它的首次飞行在2011年实现，有望在第十二个五计划结束时部署。.至少在2013年实施了一次额外的测试。
An HQ-9 portable launcher during China's 60th anniversary parade in 2009.