Accession Number:

AD1090527

Title:

Acquisition and Use of MANPADS Against Commercial Aviation: Risks, Proliferation, Mitigation, and Cost of an Attack

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Report Date:

2019-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

Since 1975, upwards of 60 civilian aircraft have been hit by surface to-air missile platforms known as man-portable air defense systemsMANPADS, resulting in the deaths of over 1,000 civilians. Terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and Lebanese Hezbollah are thought to possess MANPADS, presenting an ongoing concern for civilian air travel in the modern political climate. Although a MANPADS attack on a civilian aircraft has not been attempted since 2007, the threat of MANPADS attacks remains, and so does the need to develop a better understanding of the security risks posed by these systems. The loss of life from a MANPADS incident could be severe and have grave international repercussions. The research summarized in this report aims to provide analysis of the key issues of this international security challenge.

Subject Categories:

  • Rockets
  • Commercial and General Aviation

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE