Hamas anti aircraft Stinger missiles wouldn\'t let them fire at Israelis

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Hamas anti aircraft Stinger missiles wouldn't let them fire at Israelis

Software in the Stinger missiles prevented Hamas from firing them at Israeli aircraft with a message on the display saying Friendly aircraft. Not only that when they did fire one it turned around and killed their own men!

Hamas smuggled in four Stinger systems in 2008 and deployed them against Israel Air Force AH-64 Apache attack helicopters during strike missions in the northern Gaza Strip.
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We were disappointed by them, and they were found to have been useless. Our gunners couldn't fire the weapon. A notice came up on the display saying 'friendly aircraft.
Raytheon, producer of Stinger, installed identification friend/foe capabilities more than a decade ago to prevent Stinger from being fired against any aircraft used by the U.S. military.

Hamas gunners deployed Stinger along with heavy machine guns in attacks on Israeli helicopters during the war in the Gaza Strip. One Stinger surface-to-air missile was launched, but the projectile veered off course and struck a Hamas gunner squad.

"The Stinger was drawn by the heat of our guns rather than the engines of the Israeli helicopters," the source said. "At that point, we stopped using this weapon."

Hamas has since abandoned plans to acquire additional Stingers. Instead, they have been ordering the Russian-origin SA-16, or Igla-1, surface-to-air missile system, with a range of five kilometers.

 http://www.worldtribune.com...
By netchicken: posted on 8-4-2009

Damn Russians, they shouldn't sell weapons and fund these terroists. It seems the thorn of Russia is growing and causing ever more problems for the West. And with the new puppet regime with Putin still pulling the strings, it seems Russia is going backwards instead of forwards.
By mg.mikael: posted on 9-4-2009

:sh ya damn russians!!!! but still whoever thought to build that into a stinger had a damn good idea
By tastycakes: posted on 17-4-2009

yes is terrorists got stingers the russian government must have sold them to them. theres no such thing as the black market. or smuggling. plus hamas isnt a terrorist group. so you fail.
By fredward11: posted on 24-4-2009








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