The appearance of the supporters of the regime Gaddafi modern man-portable air defense systems Igla-S " (SA-24 Grinch), mounted on pickup trucks are seriously worried Western military experts.
These MANPADS can shoot down planes coalition at altitudes up to 11,000 feet, is currently flying aircraft carried out at altitudes above 20,000 feet.But as soon begin humanitarian operations, evacuation and other missions requiring a reduction of aircraft and helicopters at low altitude, the use of MANPADS may result in an aircraft.
The appearance of this type of MANPADS was a revelation for the U.S. and military analysts, since there was no information on the sale of weapons to Libya, including in the Register of Arms. Western experts are interested in the question of whether the Libyans to use these complexes as a laptop or just pick-up body (see GTC Dzhigit ).Judging from the photos, MANPADS can be used only with the turret launchers, mounted on vehicles. If the complex will be used as a portable (shoulder-fired), it makes it even more dangerous.
The question arises, how these complexes were in Libya. "I just finished checking the Register of Conventional Arms to obtain information on the supply of SA-24 in Libya, but did not see any reference to the sale of Russian missiles to Libya in 2000," says director of monitoring arms sales to the Federation of American Scientists (Federation of American Scientists), Matt Schroeder (Matt Schroeder). In his view, these missiles could fall into terrorist hands. It remains unclear the question of who sold these missiles Libya - Russia or any intermediaries.
Support-launcher (OPU) Dzhigit is designed for placement targeting, and single or multiple-launch rocket launch two types of Igla anti-aircraft gunners shot one can work at any time, use an external pre-targeting, identify goals according to the "friend or foe."
Support-launcher Dzhigit is unparalleled in their ability to conduct salvo launches anti-aircraft missile systems. When salvo launches provided an increased likelihood of hitting a target on average in 1,5 times. Calculation of 1 person.
Embodiment of elements of the equipment to accommodate the OPU Dzhigit can be made appropriate to the media. The kit includes: support-launcher, Means of control and maintenance and training aids. Support-launcher can be equipped with:
- equipment, providing a prior targeting to a higher management level
- optical sight with day and night channels
- radiozaproschikom Identification System Mk XA and Mk-XII
- equipment, allowing to set the OPU in the back of the car.