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30,000 Man-Portable Air Defense Systems destroyed since 2003

Thats a huge amount of equipment!

The United States in close cooperation with 29 countries has destroyed over 30,000 foreign, at-risk Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) since 2003, thus potentially preventing these weapons – commonly referred to as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles – from falling into the hands of arms traffickers, criminals, and terrorists who could threaten civil aviation.

The threat posed by MANPADS to civil aviation is real. Forty civilian aircraft have been hit by these missiles since the 1970s. A total of 859 deaths resulted from these attacks.

Some civilian attacks
* The 1978 Air Rhodesia Viscount Shootdown is the first example of a civilian airliner shot down by a man-portable surface to air missile. The pilot of the aircraft managed to make a controlled crash landing, however ten of the survivors were killed by ZIPRA guerillas.

* Air Rhodesia Flight 827 was also shot down in February 1979 by ZIPRA guerillas armed with a Strela 2 missile. All 59 passengers and crew were killed.

* 1993 Transair Georgian Airline shootdowns involved two separate aircraft shot down a day apart in Sukhumi, Abkhazia, Georgia, killing 108 people.

* 1998 Lionair Flight LN 602 shootdown - On October 7, 1998, the Tamil Tigers shot down an aircraft off the coast of Sri Lanka.

* 2002 Mombasa airliner attack - On November 28, 2002, two shoulder-launched Strela 2 (SA-7) surface-to-air missiles were fired at another chartered Boeing 757 airliner as it took off from Moi International Airport. The missiles missed the aircraft, carrying 271 vacationers from Mombasa back to Israel, and it continued safely to Tel Aviv. In the photos they were painted in light blue, the color used in the Soviet military for training material (a training SA-7 round would not have the guidance system).

* 2003 Baghdad DHL shootdown incident - On 22 November 2003, an Airbus A300B4-203F cargo plane, operating on behalf of DHL was hit by an SA-7 missile, which resulted in the loss of its hydraulic systems. The crew later landed the crippled aircraft safely by using only differential engine thrust by adjusting the individual throttle controls of each engine.

* 2007 Mogadishu TransAVIAexport Airlines Il-76 crash - On March 23, 2007, a TransAVIAexport Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 airplane crashed in outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, during the 2007 Battle of Mogadishu. Witnesses claim that a surface-to-air missile was fired immediately prior to the accident. However, Somali officials deny that the aircraft was shot down.

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has invested over $113 million to help destroy 1.3 million small arms and other conventional weapons around the world, including these more than 30,000 MANPADS. In fiscal year 2009, the Bureau’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement is investing approximately $130 million to destroy MANPADS and other conventional weapons, and to conduct humanitarian mine action in a continuous effort to make the world safer.



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By netchicken: posted on 27-7-2009

Even if 30,000 of these shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have been destroyed, there's still hundred's of thousands out there and hundreds being built in the time I take to write this post. Thus the US shouldn't look apon this as a victory, but more as a rain drop in the ocean.
By mg.mikael: posted on 30-7-2009

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