posted on Jan, 20 2008 @ 02:57 AM
Originally posted by northwolf
It is Man portable short range system, but it has a very potent seeker head to guide it.
[edit on 19-1-2008 by northwolf]
Actually it is a laser beam rider, with all the pluses and minuses that come with such a system. Useful for helicopters, but totally worthless against
attack aircraft that can operate above the max effective altitude of the system. If you don't have a medium range, medium to high altitude SAM system
in complement to the RBS-70, then you basically have a very low level of air defence capability (both in terms of coverage, as well as actual
capability rating). We have the RBS-70 here in Aus, and it isn't exactly considered that great.
The tower isn't going to increase the envelope either. It will reduce the effects of foliage, but the kinematics aren't going to change for such a
small shift in altitude, and the system will still be bound by the main limitation of the system - the operator and his ability to detect, track and
guide to intercept against the target.
Edit - clarification of what I meant about complementary system
[edit on 20-1-2008 by Willard856]