First picture of Serbian army FK-3 Chinese air defense missile system published on Internet
Pictures were published on the official website of the Serbian Ministry of Defense on April 30, 2022, showing the launcher vehicle and radar of the new Chinese-made FK-3 surface-to-air defense missile system which was recently delivered to the Armed Forces of Serbia.
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Serbian TEL Transporter Erector Launcher vehicle of Chinese-made FK-3 air defense missile system. (Picture source Serbian MoD)
On April 12, 2022, Army Recognition reported that China has delivered FK-3 air defense missile systems to Serbia as part of a contract this country signed with China that also included drones.
This is not the first military equipment that Serbia buys from China, in fact, according to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) arms trade database, Serbia has already acquired nine CH-92 armed drones and 50 FT-8C air-to-surface missiles from China. The FT-8C missile can be launched from the CH-92 drone.
The FK-3 is the export version of the Chinese-made HQ-22 which is a mobile medium-range air defense missile system that was revealed for the first time in 2014 at the Zhuhai AirShow in China.
A typical battery of KF-3 air defense system includes three TELs (Transporter Erector Launcher) vehicles and one H-200 multifunction illumination and pointing radar. the TEL is based on 8x8 military truck chassis with four missile containers mounted at the rear of the truck.
The surface-to-air missile of the FK-3 is able to intercept and destroy aerial targets such as fixed-wing aircraft, drones, cruise missiles, tactical air-to-ground missiles, and helicopters. The missile has a firing range of up to 170 km and can reach targets at an altitude of up to 27 km. The whole air defense system can engage up to 6 aerial targets at the same time.
Serbian FK-3 air defense system TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) vehicle and radar. (Picture Serbian MoD)