Contemporary Operating Environment

Proliferation of MANPADs in Syria

By Tom McDermott May 16, 2019


Bellingcat is a UK-based open source intelligence (OSINT) analyst who seeks to collect and verify openly available intelligence from current war zones. In this page he summarises the 2016 OSINT picture of the proliferation of MANPADS in Syria. While now dated, it still provides a useful start-point for PME discussions. 

  • What do you think the implications could be for tactical employment of air and aviation for western armies in the future?  
  • How might we counter this proliferation?
  • Will the increase of drones complicate the air picture or can they be used to mitigate the MANPAD threat?



Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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