After the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, terrorists have found many deadly weapons in their hands. These also include more than 100 Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). These weapons can easily shoot down a passenger airplane or helicopter. The biggest danger is that these weapons can be fired from anywhere by Taliban fighters carrying them on their shoulders.
Russia said – no one can control
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed concern that the first and foremost threat is that the Taliban have received a huge amount of weapons. Their number is very high. Shoigu said it included hundreds of armored vehicles, airplanes and helicopters. He also said that let me tell you that it alone consists of more than a hundred MANPADS. No one can control it.
Billion dollar US weapons with Taliban
US officials claim that the Taliban have confiscated nearly $28 billion in weapons since the occupation of Afghanistan. This weapon was given by the US to Afghan forces between 2002 and 2017. An official said on condition of anonymity that the weapons that were not destroyed are now in the possession of the Taliban.
Such manpads were made during the era of the Soviet army
When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s, similar man-portable air defense systems troubled them. The Soviet army then had more than one attack helicopter. Through these the Soviet army used to attack the Afghan Mujahideen. Meanwhile, American intelligence agency CIA had given similar manpads to many Mujahideen with the help of Pakistan. Due to this, these Mujahideen shot down many helicopters of the Soviet Army.
WHAT ARE MANPADS
The Man Portable Air Defense System is actually a surface to air missile system that fires on the shoulder. This weapon can easily target aircraft flying at low altitude, usually helicopters. Since the 1950s, the army of many countries including America, Russia, Britain is using this weapon.
Air Defense Weapon ManPads For Terrorists