This is a SAM site west of Baghdad. It appears the missiles are in protective berms behind their traditional launch sites. Is this true?
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@ 2005-09-26 07:45:16
Yep, it's an SA-2 site, now unoccupied.
@ 2005-09-26 07:56:18
It looked to me that the berms directly behind the mounds, outside the fenced enclosure, contained missiles(three yellow triangles on thumbnail). Is this likely?
@ 2005-09-26 10:27:43
The missiles would have been in the six revetments arranged in a circle. The ones outside the site might contain command and control vehicles. SA-2 usually have six launchers, arranged in a rough circle, around a centrally located missile control radar, either a Fan Song or Tiger Song. Nearby one usually finds a Spoon Rest early warning radar, a couple of generator vans, and several C2 vehicles with their own generator. The cables connecting the entire complex are often visible, especially if the site is only in temporary use.
@ 2005-09-26 10:50:11
Great. Thanks once again for the detailed explanation.
@ 2005-09-27 14:06:10
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