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Five Deadliest Air Defense Missiles

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Poll: Five Deadliest Air Defense Missiles (3 member(s) have cast votes)

Which one you would use to win the battle/war?

  1. SA-75 “Dvina” (NATO: SA-2 Guideline) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. 9K32 Strela (NATO: SA-7 Grail) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. 2K12 Kub (NATO: SA-6 Gainful) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. FIM-92 Stinger (1 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  5. MIM-104 Patriot (2 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 03:10 PM

The use of ground-based missiles specially designed to defend air space is a relatively new tactic. First explored by Germany in World War II, all the major powers quickly raced to develop them in the postwar period. The first confirmed kill by a surface-to-air missile was in 1959.

The size and scope of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, which restrict vehicle-mounted SAMs to standing armies, means that their use was restricted to conventional wars. As a result, SAM use has been generally infrequent, with the exception of the Arab-Israeli Wars, the Vietnam War, and other conflicts with conventional forces on both sides.

Among all available air defense missiles there are five main types, which are well known with their impeccable characteristics:

SA-75 “Dvina” (NATO: SA-2 Guideline) - Long, two-stage radar-guided missile, the SA-2 used the P-12 early warning radar (NATO name: “Spoon Rest”) and the RSN-75 “Fan Song” missile control radar.

9K32 Strela (NATO: SA-7 Grail) - The first generation of Soviet man-portable air defense missiles (MANPADS), the SA-7 is a twenty-one-pound missile contained in a launcher the length and width of a rolled-up movie poster. Supersonic, the SA-7 is capable of a maximum speed of 1,260 miles an hour with a range of 14,750 feet.

The SA-7 was meant to provide air defense against low-flying NATO attack aircraft.

2K12 Kub (NATO: SA-6 Gainful) - The SA-6 is a radar-guided missile mounted on a tracked launcher. The SA-6 has a remarkably large engagement envelope for a missile designed in the late 1950s, capable of intercepting aircraft at ranges from 2.5 to 15 miles, and from 164 to 45,000 feet.

FIM-92 Stinger - The Stinger missile is typical of the second generation of MANPADS.Like the SA-7, the Stinger was designed for American ground forces to defend themselves from enemy ground attack aircraft. Unlike the SA-7, the Stinger has an “all-aspect” engagement capability—that is, it can detect and launch against aircraft at all angles, not just from the rear.

MIM-104 Patriot - Originally designed to defend only against aircraft, Patriot is now capable of engaging helicopters, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and drones. Against ballistic missiles, Patriot is employed to intercept warheads in the terminal descent phase.

Patriot development has branched into two missiles. A patriot battery can control both types, in order to cover a spectrum of threats. PAC-2/GEM is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and to a lesser extent, theater ballistic missiles. It is deployed four to a launcher. PAC-2/GEM has a range of seventy kilometers to a maximum altitude of 84,000 feet.

Which one you would use to win the battle/war?

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