posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 04:36 AM
The FSA has gotten their hands on some more sophisticated MANPADS systems. These appear to just be magnesium flares, dumped in case they were fired
upon. They have gone from the SA-7, which is a rear aspect only shoulder fired missile, to the SA-16/24, which is an all aspect, multi-frequency
seeker, which means it an be fired from in front of, to the side, or behind the target, and have a good chance of hitting. If the pilot waited until
he knew a missile had been fired, it would have been too late it if was either a 16 or a 24 (the 24 is a slightly different version of the 16). His
best bet would be to pop flares and create another heat source before the missile is fired, so he has a chance to evade it.