The wikipedia article about the TY-90 anti-helicopter missile mentions that China developed the TY-90 specifically as a helicopter-based anti-helicopter missile. This differs from the solution adopted elswhere, namely adapting MANPAD missile for use on helicopters.

While most articles are prolific on the feature that make the missile a anti-helicopter missile (all aspects, dual UV/IR, warhead...) I can't find information on what are the features that make it specifically suited for use in helicopters?

I'm troubled because my understanding is that any fire-and-forget missile could be used on any platform (if size and weight is ok). So why do the Chinese need a purpose-built missile?


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The TY-90 is considerably larger than a MANPADS - 1.9m long and nearly 25 kg in weight.

MANPADS are restricted by human size and strength to about 15 kg for the missile.

A larger missile translates into more kinematic performance and a larger warhead, which allow more range and better kill probability.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer, sorry that th equestion is closed $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 5, 2022 at 19:36

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