Your chuckle of the day ...
Industry sources said Raytheon, producer of Stinger, installed identification friend/foe capabilities more than a decade ago. The sources said this would prevent Stinger from being fired against any aircraft used by the U.S. military.
Another Hamas source said gunners deployed Stinger along with heavy machine guns in attacks on Israeli helicopters during the war in the Gaza Strip. The source said one Stinger surface-to-air missile was launched, but the projectile veered off course and struck a Hamas gunner squad.
"The Stinger was drawn by the heat of our guns rather than the engines of the Israeli helicopters," the source said. "At that point, we stopped using this weapon."
The sources said Hamas has abandoned plans to acquire additional Stingers. Instead, the Islamic army has been ordering the Russian-origin SA-16, or Igla-1, surface-to-air missile system, with a range of five kilometers.
For the record, the Israelis use Apache attack helicopters. That would be the "friend" the Stingers refused to lock onto. This just continues to further prove just how utterly stupid, inept, and incompetent terrorists are. There is a difference here that they seem to miss. Dropped or unused ammunition from a dead terrorist could potentially be used by our soldiers on the battlefield. (SEALs do like to use the AK-47, and the terrorists seem to have a penchant for using the durable rifle.) But to think we wouldn't install safeguards on a weapon we created so we couldn't be targeted by it is just plain stupid.
Of course we're going to put such safeguards in place. You don't think we're as dumb as these yahoos, do you?