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NYT Copter Crashes Suggest Change in Iraqi Tactics 8th FEB : "Several officials said it was unclear whether the attacks had succeeded because insurgents had adopted new tactics, but judging only by the number of successful attacks, it appeared to be part of a coordinated effort."
An Internet message from an insurgent group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq took responsibility for shooting down the helicopter, the latest in a string of crashes that the group has claimed responsibility for. The message said that the group’s “antiaircraft” battalion downed the aircraft about 10:40 a.m. near Karma, and asserted that the crash was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers shouting “God is great,” according to the SITE Institute, which tracks Internet postings by insurgent groups.
Aha, remember you read it on EB first. Somebody has thrown an insurgent AD unit into the fight.
Missiles are suspected in the NYT report. I will hazard that the internet/news guesses as the the identity of the missiles have revolved around Sovietesque SA-7/14 Grail and SA-16/18 Grouse are quite wrong.
The Igla has a minimum range of 800 meters - think about trying to use that against helicopters in an urban environment.
Iran operates the Bofors RBS-70 - a laser beam rider. The target gets a maximum of a couple seconds warning, flares are useless, infrared jammers useless. It is not quite man portable (tripod mounted) but is certainly pickup portable. Normal minimum range is 500m, but with safeties removed ... :). Figure the missile hitting directly will down a chopper even if the warhead fails.
- Fellow PeaceKeeper