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French Pilots Over Libya Decline US Intel; Clearance Just Too Slow

By Robert Densmore

Published: September 21, 2011

 

London: French air forces flying strike missions in Libya against Gaddafi's loyalists are not using detailed imagery and intelligence provided by US airborne surveillance aircraft, according to statements made today by French pilots involved in those sorties.

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French Pilots Over Libya Decline US Intel; Clearance Just Too Slow

By Robert Densmore

Published: September 21, 2011

 

London: French air forces flying strike missions in Libya against Gaddafi's loyalists are not using detailed imagery and intelligence provided by US airborne surveillance aircraft, according to statements made today by French pilots involved in those sorties.

I will admit that the French have got it right. A smart bomb is only as smart as the operators intel, especially when targets are in heavily populated areas.

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White House Believes 20,000 Sophisticated Missiles Missing in Libya

By Colin Clark

Published: September 27, 2011

 

Washington: News reports appear to confirm weeks of worries by senior White House and congressional officials that large numbers of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have gone missing in Libya.

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White House Believes 20,000 Sophisticated Missiles Missing in Libya

So is this going to be a good time to begin adding chaff, flares and an ECM package to commercial aircraft? And did everyone read the part that senior members of Al Queda are Libyans? Hmmmm...
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Missing Libya Missiles Already Smuggled Out, U.S. Searches for Them

By Carlo Munoz

Published: October 4, 2011

 

Washington: A number of sophisticated shoulder-fired missiles looted from Libyan armories have already been smuggled out of the North African country and we don't know where they've gone, a top U.S. general said today.

 

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High-End Missiles Missing From Libya

Oct 5, 2011

By David A. Fulghum

 

U.S. officials are still confused about why Libya’s stockpile of new, advanced SA-24 Grinch man-portable air defense systems (Manpads) were not fired at NATO aircraft during the battle to oust Moammar Gadhafi. The weapons are perhaps the most sophisticated, light, anti-aircraft missiles made by Russia, and they are certainly the most sought after by insurgents shopping the black market.

 

CV32: I'll hazard a guess. Making a truckload of $$$ made more sense to your average Libyan than getting an AASM or Paveway down the windpipe for his troubles.

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What is about Russian tech that makes it end up proliferating like rabbits?

 

First guess is that it is inexpensive as compared to Western systems so the Russian systems get sold to a class of buyers a fair bit different than Western systems (in general).

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U.S.: Terrorists seeking missing Libya missiles

By Slobodan Lekic - The Associated Press

Posted : Friday Oct 14, 2011 12:02:36 EDT

 

BRUSSELS — Terrorist groups have expressed interest in obtaining some of the thousands of shoulder-launched missiles that have gone missing in Libya and the issue has become a priority for the Obama administration, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

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