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Bomb disposal experts from the US Air Force were called in to remove it
It is still unclear exactly how the missile came to be at Lakeland Linder airport
The airport is home to Draken International which contracts out aircraft to the military for training exercises
on July 15, 2019, the antiterrorism section of DIGOS (Italian acronym for General Investigations and Special Operations Division), a specialized unit of Polizia di Stato (the Italian State Police), carried out a raid against a neo-nazi gang and retrieved an arsenal of various weapons, weapon parts, munitions and, notably, a Matra R530F radar-guided air-to-air missile.
The investigation began last year while monitoring Italian foreign fighters involved in combat operations in the Dombass region in Ukraine. While monitoring telephone communications of one of the suspects, the Police discovered the presence of the missile and some attempts to sell it to an unknown client for 470,000 Euro. The Police then proceeded to retrieve the missile in a warehouse near Voghera-Rivanazzano Terme airport, in northern Italy.
Based on the markings, the missile is an R.530 F20 version with serial number 5284, belonging to the production lot 83 and sold to the Government of Qatar on Oct. 10, 1980.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
They bought 24 Mirage F1s from Spain, who used to use the Super 530 missile. An air to air missile isn't going to do a lot of damage to anything but another aircraft, and would require a fair bit of modification to be fired from the ground. It would also need a radar system and launcher. This was almost certainly someone at the logistics base screwing up with a missile that was supposed to be shipped somewhere to be destroyed.