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Al-Qassam Brigade Reveals Short Range Air Defense System Into Service

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Al-Qassam Brigade Reveals Short Range Air Defense System Into Service

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Mutbar-1 anti-aircraft rocket launcher
Mutbar-1 anti-aircraft rocket launcher

The military wing of the Hamas, the al-Qassam Brigades, have unveiled their successful introduction of an air defense system during the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation. The system showcased by al-Qassam Brigades is referred to as 9K32M Strela-2M/SA-7b MANPADS launches, all using locally-made batteries to keep these old systems alive. Also seen towards the end seems to be the quoted “Mutbar 1” in use. Notable that the aircraft are observed via TWS for this system. This development marks a significant milestone in the capabilities of the group, shedding light on their increasing sophistication in military technology. This air defense system is noteworthy for being locally manufactured, underlining the group’s commitment to self-sufficiency and resilience in the face of adversity.

In the video, these dedicated individuals can be seen meticulously installing the system’s missiles and operating the old radar equipment. The process culminates with the launch of these missiles, demonstrating the group’s readiness and determination to protect their territories. The “Mutbar-1” air defense system appears to consist of unguided rockets equipped with programmable electronic fuzes, likely with time and impact settings. What sets this system apart is its use of a predictive aiming and control system, which enhances its hit probability. While it may not match the effectiveness of modern MANPADS (Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems), it represents a significant step forward compared to firing relatively indiscriminate 110mm dumb rockets blindly.

The introduction of this air defense system is just one aspect of the larger “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation documented by the Qassam Brigades’ military media. This operation employed a diverse range of tactics, including suicide planes, naval boats, paratroopers, and a barrage of rockets targeting Israeli towns and settlements. This multifaceted approach reflects the group’s adaptability and commitment to their cause. In light of these developments, it is essential to consider the broader implications. The al-Qassam Brigades’ newfound air defense capability adds another layer of complexity to the already volatile situation in the region. While this development may not drastically alter the military balance in the region, it highlights the evolving nature of modern warfare and the importance of finding diplomatic solutions to longstanding conflicts.

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