MANPADSMan-Portable Air Defense System
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Should Syria go the way of Libya and Iraq, the international community could be confronted with the loss of government control over thousands of additional MANPADS, some of which are significantly more sophisticated than most of the MANPADS looted from depots in Libya,'' wrote the study's author, Matthew Schroeder, director of the FAS' Arms Sales Monitoring Project.
MANPADS are just the sort of weapons that could be seized by extremist elements of the opposition and turned against Western or allied forces down the road.
Hunter, Thomas, "The Proliferation of MANPADS," Janes, http://www.
Boxer and Northrop officials cited the FBI's warnings of the threat from such missiles and an unsuccessful 2002 MANPADS attack on an Israeli airliner in Kenya.
But ground-based high-energy lasers, which could destroy more sophisticated MANPADS, won't be available for a few years.
On February 3, while flying over the de-escalation zone in Idlib to monitor the ceasefire, the Russian Su-25 attack aircraft under the command of Major Roman Filipov was shot down by terrorists from MANPADS," the Ministry added.
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My sense is that the rebels don't have as many MANPADS as they used to .
The cargo reportedly included surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, RPG's and Russian-designed shoulder-launched missiles known as MANPADS, the report said.
MANPADS or "man-portable air defense systems" are small missiles that can hit at a range between two and a half to three and a half miles.
This concept is the newest in a pool of potential technologies that could protect passenger airliners against man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS.