Iraqi Air Defenses Greatly Weakened

(Washington Times)- Rowan Scarborough - Retired Air Force Col. John Warden, a Persian Gulf war planner, estimates that Iraq's air-defense network is 10-15% of what it was in January 1991. Of the 38 fixed-wing allied aircraft shot down in 1991, more than 30 fell to short-range shoulder-fired missiles. Such heat-seeking weapons are difficult to locate because they are mobile, and, unlike a radar-guided missile, emit no signature before launch.

2003-02-27 00:00:00

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