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MANPADMan-Portable Air Defense
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Derrin Smith, an adviser to the US government's inter-agency task force on MANPADS, said
"What happened with manpads is that somebody asked the wrong questions.
The proliferation of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), however, poses a growing threat to the CRAF and its critical airlift capacity.
Commenting on the attack on a Russian aircraft, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated earlier in the day that Moscow had been extremely concerned that terrorists in Syria possessed MANPADS.
In area defence MANPADS are used either to break up, harass and destroy attacking enemy air formations or else to force them up into the higher altitudes where they can be tackled under the best possible conditions by sensor-guided anti-aircraft missiles and/or gun systems.
The discussion of the threat posed to air operations by SAM systems and MANPADS is followed by the Electric Avenue article reviewing the steps being taken by industry to help meet these threats.
On Saturday, media affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a leftist militant group battling the Turkish state, posted a video purporting to show a fighter downing a Cobra attack helicopter with a man-portable air-defense system -- or MANPADS -- in the mountains of southeastern Turkey on Friday morning.
The systems include Russian and Chinese shoulder-mounted Manpads - which can strike commercial airliners and military planes and helicopters at up to 15,000ft.
Based on Elbit Systems' MUSIC family of Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, C-MUSIC is an advanced countermeasure system that uses advanced fiber laser-directed infrared countermeasure technology to protect mid to large size airliners against heat-seeking shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, also known as man portable air defense systems (MANPADs).
"Designed to protect large military and commercial aircraft against attacks by ground to air heat-seeking man-portable missiles (MANPADS), the J-MUSIC systems will be integrated into a multi-turret DIRCM system, ensuring 360-degree protection of the aircraft," Elbit said, noting that it has "completed extensive testing of the J-MUSIC system and has already delivered systems to equip several types of aircraft to various customers."