HAMAS has used MANPADS during the Israeli air strikes in Gaza. MANPADS will have little impact on bombing missions--these aircraft will operate above the maximum altitude of MANPADS--but will have an impact on helicopter operations should the Israelis decided to invade on the ground.

David F. Crosby is the author of A Guide to Iranian Man-Portable Air Defense Weapons currently for sale on Amazon.com . His book A Guide to Airborne Weapons was a 2003 Military Book Club selection. He has published numerous defense-related articles in national magazines such as Aviation History, Vietnam, and Civil War Times Illustrated. In addition, Mister Crosby wrote history for the U.S. Air Force and worked as a doctrine developer for U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School. He has served in both the infantry and the military police.