A Question for the ATOs About MANPADS

Discussion in 'RLC' started by Unknown_Quantity, Jun 15, 2005.

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  1. Unknown_Quantity

    Unknown_Quantity War Hero Moderator

    Whilst researching an essay I've found lots of references to 1st 2nd and 3rd generation man portable air defence systems. This is all well and good but I haven't got a clue what the differences between the generations are and Google is not being its usual helpful self. Any help would be appreciated.

    This is also posted in the gunners forum, so appologies for the double post.


  2. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Not an expert, but I belevie that:

    1st Gen - operator steers to target (Blowpipe, etc)

    2nd Gen - keep tracker on target - SACLOS

    3rd Gen - point, ID, fire & forget

    Whether IFF is involved in these gen definitions I am not sure, but don't think so.