29 Jan '14, 3pm

It wasn't an SA-7 after all - "#Egypt militants downed helo with Igla-type MANPADS" cc @ZLGold

It wasn't an SA-7 after all - "#Egypt militants downed helo with Igla-type MANPADS" cc @ZLGold

Contrary to initial reports, the man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) used to shoot down an Egyptian military helicopter on 25 January was not a Strela-2 series (SA-7 'Grail'), but a more sophisticated missile system. The Sunni radical group Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis released a video on 26 January showing an operative firing a MANPADS at an Mi-8/17 transport helicopter, which then crashes, but the front end of the system had been deliberately blurred in post-production to make it difficult to identify. Egyptian sources reported that a 'SAM-7' (a derivative of the SA-7 designation) was used in the attack, which happened near the border with the Gaza Strip and killed five soldiers. The New York Times cited a senior US official as saying the preliminary evidence indicated it was a 9K32 Strela-2. However, a single frame from the video taken as the operator ducks to avoi...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/33165/egyptian-militants-dow...

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