Libyan government forces have one of the newest, most advanced, short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems available on the market today—the Russian-made SA-24 Grinch—that can shoot down coalition aircraft at altitudes of up to 18,000 ft., although the most effective altitudes are limited to about 11,000 ft. The revelation—not officially announced yet—came as a surprise to U.S. and international military analysts because there have been only rumors of a possible Igla-S/SA-24 sale ...


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