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  •  Depends on who's holding it/ (1+ / 0-)
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    It's also farily good for attacking airliners, and Mideastern airspace is pretty crowded.

    •  Not really (3+ / 0-)
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      poco, Johnny Q, Celtic Merlin

      That would hardly be anyone's first choice for attacking an airliner.

      Its range is too short to project into Israeli airspace but it's much too large to smuggle in somewhere. You'd practically have to drive it onto the airport.

      It's mounted on a large vehicle and is radar guided so it's going to announce its presence as soon as it starts to transmit.

      It's purely a point-defense weapon. It was designed to travel with Soviet armored formations to protect them from tactical aircraft.

      I've had one of these things shot at me - I know how they work.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:57:47 PM PDT

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