SmallArmsSurvey has documented MANPADs type used in Syria

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SmallArmsSurvey has documented MANPADs type used in Syria

Postby JanMasterson » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:28 am

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A new Small Arms Survey Issue Brief—Fire and Forget: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in Syria—assesses the acquisition and use of MANPADS by armed groups in Syria. The analysis is based on video footage and photographs posted online by journalists, researchers, and armed groups; media reports; and statements by government officials. It provides an overview of the models, capabilities, age, and condition of MANPADS circulating in the country. It assesses the sources of these systems, as well as of allegations of trafficking from Sudan. To conclude, it evaluates the implications of MANPADS proliferation in Syria, including in the context of global counter-MANPADS efforts.

Key findings include:

- Armed groups in Syria have acquired at least eight models of MANPADS, including at least three models not previously seen outside of government control elsewhere. These MANPADS include recent-generation systems.
- The vast majority of MANPADS acquired by these armed groups appear to be Chinese-, Russian-, and Soviet-designed systems or foreign variants.
- No publicly available evidence supports claims by the Russian government that armed groups in Syria have acquired US FIM-92 Stinger-series MANPADS or foreign Stinger-pattern systems.
- International transfers of MANPADS to armed groups in Syria appear to violate resolutions, guidelines, and agreements adopted by several multilateral organizations.
- Video footage of armed groups and their arsenals is useful for identifying the types of MANPADS in the country but provides little insight into their origins or suppliers. (Authors' Note: homemade vids are best and will save the world, never had a doubt.)
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/about-us ... orget.html

>> Download Issue Brief 9: Fire and Forget: The Proliferation of Man-portable Air Defence Systems in Syria:
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmi ... -Syria.pdf
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Re: SmallArmsSurvey has documented MANPADs type used in Syri

Postby bostonmyk » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:07 am

Wonder what the shelf life is of an average MANPAD and if sellers are refurbishing or performing overhauls on them? Assume most of the early models are well past their expected lives.
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Re: SmallArmsSurvey has documented MANPADs type used in Syri

Postby Sardaukar » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:15 am

15-20 years. After that it'd be anyone's guess if missile would work or not. This is at least figure for Russian missiles.
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Re: SmallArmsSurvey has documented MANPADs type used in Syri

Postby JanMasterson » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:59 am

"A shelf-life of ten or even twenty years is not unheard of. The two SA-7b MANPADS used in the November 2002 attack against the Israeli airliner in Mombasa, Kenya, reportedly comprised critical components manufactured in the 1970s (see, for example, United Nations, 2003, pp. 29–30; Richardson, 2003) (...). Storage conditions can affect the longevity of the system."

"Thermal batteries used in MANPADS have long shelf-lives, but once activated to power-up the missile and guidance system, they only function for a period lasting minutes at most."
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmi ... Note-1.pdf


An interesting resource about that problematic:
-> http://jbevan.com/images/Bevan_MANPADS_2004.pdf (page 10-11, you've got more inputs and what factors are to be considered regarding life expectancy.

And while the resource above says it's not easy to make-up for lack of spare batteries, a thesis titled "MITIGATING THE MANPADS THREAT:INTERNATIONAL AGENCY, U.S., AND RUSSIAN EFFORTS" mention "While it is true that all MANPADS batteries have a finite shelf life, these can be replaced with commercially purchased batteries available on the open market and technically proficient terrorist groups might also be able to construct hybrid batteries to replace used ones."
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a432299.pdf
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