5,000 surface-to-air missiles secured in Libya: US

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  1. sathya

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    A top US official said on Sunday that a team of US and Libyan bomb disposal experts has secured about 5,000 surface-to-air missiles stockpiled during the regime of Moamer Kadhafi.
    "We have identified, disbanded and secured more than 5,000 MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defence Systems), while thousands more have been destroyed during NATO bombing," Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs told a group of reporters.
    Dozens of these missiles were detonated along the shore facing Sidi Bin Nur village, east of Tripoli, as Shapiro, on a one-day visit to Libya, witnessed the event from a nearby secured house.
    A joint US and Libyan team of bomb disposal experts has been working for several months now to find these missing missiles which are seen as potential threat to civil aviation.
    MANPADS are perceived as potential weapons which can be used by militant groups against commercial airliners and helicopters. These missiles have been widely used in military conflicts.
    In September the European Union's counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove had said that Al-Qaeda's north African branch had acquired a stockpile of weapons in Libya, including surface-to-air missiles.
    Due to the turmoil in Libya, members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have "gained access to weapons, either small arms or machine-guns, or certain surface-to-air missiles which are extremely dangerous because they pose a risk to flights over the territory," he said.
    Kadhafi had a stockpile of 20,000 shoulder-fired missiles before the revolt against him broke out in February.
    "We are working side by side with the NTC to reduce the threat of these loose weapons," Shapiro said after talks in Tripoli with officials from the ruling National Transitional Council, the interior and defence ministries.
    There is a "serious concern about the threat posed by MANPADS... about the potential threat MANPADS can pose to civil aviation. However our efforts with the NTC to reduce these threats are already paying off."
    Shapiro said contractors on the ground were still in the process of assessing how many missiles are still missing.
    Libya, under Kadhafi, was reportedly the country with the biggest stock of MANPADS outside of nations that produce these weapons. The missiles, mainly SAM-7, were acquired in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Shapiro said the United States has already spent six million dollars in its efforts to secure these weapons. It intends to spend up to 40 million dollars to end the threat of these "loose weapons," he added.
    US specialist Skip Hartberger told AFP that the missiles detonated Sunday were found in various parts of Libya and that some of them were made in Russia and in Pakistan.
    Some Russian-made SA-24 and SA 7 missiles and a few Pakistani-made anti-tank missiles were shown to reporters before they were detonated.

    Meanwhile Shapiro said that Libya's new rulers are also facing a "big challenge" as they try to disarm militiamen who fought to topple Kadhafi's regime.
    Interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib said on Thursday that disarming the former rebels who fought Kadhafi's forces is "more complex" than it appears.
    Pressure to disarm the former rebels has mounted after local media reported several skirmishes between militia factions in Tripoli, with some resulting in casualties.
     
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    Pakistan have started to sell their weapons to the enemies of the U.S. How come even after knowing this the Americans are still believing the pukes.............

    Coming to the Surface-to-Air missiles, why didn't they make use of those missiles against the N.A.T.O. strikes when they had such a huge stock pile in their arsenal?
     
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    SAMs wernet much useful for Gadaffi forces.


    Most of the ammo currently US is facing bi insurgents in Iraq were belong to the fallen Iraq Armed Forces. Recovering stolen ammunition is a huge task, They did quite succeeded in buying back the Stinger missiles from Taliban.

    There were many reports of different clans attacking Ammo trucks. They even have stockpiled of amo to fight another day.

    Libya's tribal loyalist are not in the open, but they do come to the fore during feuds.
     
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    other side of story, pakistan is actually exporting to those who can even export missiles from pioneers like russia and china, so we cannot call the pakistani manpads, something less than a credible threat to IAF.
    also what lead to such a huge cache of manpad lying unused when gadafi and his loyalist were fighting for their survival?
    are manpads useless against modern fighters like typhoon and rafale? or gadafi loyalist were his bodyguards only?

    one thing it shows is that weapon piling is not a credible defence from enemy but the activeness and usefulness of enemy is more important and significant which comes through exercises and that too with modern weaponry. India is fortunately on right track
     
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    posting a link will help credibility of the article............
     
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    Woo-hoo! What a fun day!
     
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