Protection against Surface-to-Air Missile attacks
The armed forces have recognised the increasing threat to its tactical aircraft from infrared guided missiles. More than 500,000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS) are on the worldwide market and partly also in the hands of non-state organisations. A high percentage of the aircraft losses in current and recent conflicts were from ground based defensive systems using IR SAMS.
The threat of IR guided anti-aircra…