military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy (h kissinger)

ISIS Guide Explains How To Shoot Down US Apache Helicopters
Christopher Harress, IB Times, Apr 7 2014

A few days after Usaia began using Apache helicopters against ISIS in Iraq, ISIS has responded by producing a guide to shooting down the iconic aircraft. The guide, which has been circulating on social media, explains in minute detail how to use portable surface-to-air missiles, such as the Russian-made SA-16 and SA-18 and the Usaian FIM-92 Stinger, against the attack helicopter. The Stinger was heavily used during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, when the shoulder-fired missiles provided by Usaia to Mujahidin fighters proved very effective at shooting down Soviet helicopters. They also saw use against Russian aircraft during  the first and second Chechen wars, which took place from 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2009, respectively. The guide will serve as a reminder for the ISIS fighters who took part in those conflicts before joining the ranks of the group in Iraq and Syria. For new recruits, the guide is a detailed primer on how to target successfully the Apaches by defeating their counter-measures. Perhaps what makes the use of the aircraft most significant is that it represents a significant escalation of the risk being taken by Usaian forces. Christopher Harmer, a former Usaian Navy aviator now at the Institute for the Study of War, said:

Fixed-wing aircraft flying at 30,000 feet are completely immune from the type of weapons that Islamic State fighters have, but a helicopter is not. When you’re flying a helicopter 150 feet above the ground, that helicopter can be shot with a rocket-propelled grenade or a heavy machine gun, so yes, it is much more dangerous.

The Boeing-made helicopter, known as the AH-64, is particularly accurate and adept at operating in enemy territory at night, and has counter-measures to defeat missiles that home in on the heat generated by its exhaust. However, the guide points out each of the Apache’s weak spots in order to inflict the most amount of damage on the aircraft and ensure that the pilot and navigator are killed. At least 10 Apaches have been shot down in Iraq since the Usaia-led invasion in 2003, according to a tally from several published reports. The guide, posted by an ISIS supporter using the name Nasser al-Sharia, says that the aircraft should be ambushed at a distance of 1,500 meters, while the helicopter is in the clear line of sight of the shooter. It then says that a sniper should shoot the crew as they try to bail from the aircraft. Another aircraft vulnerable to small arms and shoulder-fired missiles is the A-10 “warthog”, whose introduction to Iraq may also be cause for concern. The shooting-down of one of the slow, low-flying jets may result in Usaian pilots being taken hostage by ISIS.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on YourDaddy's Politics and commented:
    Reminds me of what Berzinski said

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