Due to the prolonged delay of PL-3 AAM development, PL-3 AAM was already inadequate before its completion. A follow-up was planned to incorporate advance in microelectronics and lessons learned in the aerial combats, which is based on the feedback of Vietnam War. The reason for starting a new AAM was because of the inherit design limitation of PL-3 back then, it was difficult to incorporate the technological advances planned to be incorporated. The program was designated as PL-6 and begun in 1975, before PL-3 program was even completed. The main contractor was the 612th Research Institute (later reorganized as Luoyang Electro-Optics Technology Development Centre (EOTDC)).

The first batch of missile was completed in 1978 and tests were successfully completed in 1979. However, PL-6 met the same fate of its predecessor, PL-3 in that during training and evaluations, it was revealed that PL-6 did not significantly outperform PL-3, and furthermore, all experience gained from PL-6 can be readily incorporated in the PL-2 improvement efforts, so there was no need to have an additional separate AAM program when the requirement could be meet by just one. Consequently, PL-6 program was drastically scaled back in 1981, and after very limited production, PL-6 was terminated in 1983.

Class Missile
Type Air to Air
Manufacturer Luoyang Electro-Optics Tech. Development Centre
Origin China
Country Name Origin Year
China 1975
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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  • Max range: 11.5 km
  • Min range: 1.3 m
  • Max speed: Mach 2.5
  • Max altitude: 23 km
  • Max g force: 29 g
  • Weight: 93 kg
  • Length: 2.123 m
  • Diameter: 135 mm
  • Wingspan: 654 mm

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