Air Defense: Iran Gets Missile Technology From China


February 15, 2006: Iran announced it has begun production of a new shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile, the Misagh 2. The Misagh 1 was introduced in 1993, apparently a licensed version of the Chinese Vanguard missile (which, in turn, was based on the Russian SA-7). The Iranians didn't mention China in relation to the Misagh 2, but the Chinese do have a Vanguard 2 missile. This one is more like the U.S. Stinger, but probably not as capable at defeating countermeasures. The Vanguard 2 weighs 25 pounds, has a range of 5,000 meters and a shelf-life of eight years. If the new Iranian missile is a copy of the Vanguard 2, the Chinese would probably prefer that the connection be kept quiet. Selling weapons to Iran, which China has done for decades, does not make you very popular in diplomatic circles.


Article Archive

Air Defense: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close