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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Libya Has Advanced Russian SAMs

Establishing a no-fly zone over ­Libya may not be a massive challenge for the coalition trying to enforce ­United Nations Security Council Resolution 1793, but the operation has nevertheless exposed serious military and political pitfalls.

One of those surprises is the unexpected and elusive threat from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile (SAM) that Libya fielded virtually unnoticed—the NATO-designated SA-24 “Grinch.”

Its presence on the battlefield underscores the need for coalition partners to draw on the full spectrum of electronic warfare capabilities to prosecute their air campaign.

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