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That could change:
Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) are the smallest of SAMs and are capable of being carried and launched by a single person and thus suitable for local air defence, such as against attack helicopters.
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AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM)
In Production, Deployed and Tailored to Any Platform
The AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system is the only DIRCM system in production today that will protect aircraft from today's infrared guided missiles.
Traditional IR countermeasures are not effective against the modern IR missiles that are growing in popularity among terrorist groups and in thirdworld countries. A Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system is required to defeat the latest and future advanced IR threats, and has a lower life cycle cost compared to other IR countermeasure approaches.
Simultaneously tracks and defeats threats in clutter environments
Fast, accurate threat detection and simultaneous jamming in all current IR threat Bands (I, II and IV)
Counters all fielded IR missile threats using a single generic jam waveform
All-weather, all-altitude operation
Complete end-to-end self-testing features reduce life-cycle maintenance
Compatible with existing support facilities.
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Afghanistan war logs: US covered up fatal Taliban missile strike on Chinook | World news | The Guardian (external - login to view)
Oh they shot down a Chinook did they? Well 1 for them then.
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Yes and do you expect these loses to force Nato to pack up and run or something? The Taliban are down to launching from the back of a truck in the middle of a residential neighbourhood and hiding a home made bomb in a pile of garbage on the street at night. When they aren't living in caves that is.
The Misagh 2 is an Iranian man-portable infrared guided surface to air missile. The Misagh 2 is the next version of the Misagh-1. Similar to its predecessor, the Misagh 2 is supposedly also based on Chinese technology . Iranís defense minister launched the domestic mass production of the Misagh 2, on 5 February 2006.
* Effective range: 5000 m
* Maximum altitude: 3500 m
* Reaction time: 5 seconds
* Maximum velocity: nearly 2.9 mach
* Fire and Forget Infrared seeker
* Missile weight: 11.32 kg
* Warhead weight: 1.42 kg
* Storage life: 8 years
Eventually man portable missiles and small mobile SAM batteries will limit the effectiveness of low flying aircraft, while bigger SAMs limit the effectiveness of higher altitude combat aircraft.
The S-500 is a new generation surface-to-air missile system, designed for intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles and for defense against Airborne Early Warning and Control, Airborne Warning and Control System, and jamming aircraft. It is not an upgraded version of the S-400. With a planned range of 600 km (373 mi), the S-500 will be able to detect and simultaneously engage up to 10 ballistic supersonic targets flying at a speed of 5 km/s and will have a flight ceiling of 40 km.
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All the more reason to kill everything and look for a little white flag that may eventually pop up.
Though I have to say that I should like Iran's chances as if anyone, they face Israeli military with American air support. So they are pretty much screwed. I expect any detection of a nuclear launch will result in a massive nuclear retaliation which pretty much solves the Iran question permanently.
But hey good luck with your SAMs.