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One official, discussing the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles known as MANPADS, for Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, said "there are thousands of them" flowing out of Libya.
The new man-portable air defense systems were tested in the second phase of the ongoing air defense exercises.
The US Department of State announced earlier this year it has assisted the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Bulgaria in safely destroying 500 surplus Man-Portable Air Defense Systems ( MANPADS ) missiles and 500 grip stocks ( launchers ).
The goal is to develop systems and tactics to kill Americans, namely man-portable air defense system munitions.
It could be two decades before all commercial jetliners are equipped with systems to protect them from man-portable air defense weapons, or MANPADS, according to a government report.
In addition to border patrol, we can perfect the ability to provide airport surveillance and security services against potential threats such as man-portable air defense systems.
With our vigorous leadership, the Organization of American States (OAS) is on the cutting edge in fighting terrorism, the threat of loose Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS), illicit arms trafficking, illegal drugs, and corruption.
GAO-04-519 May 13, 2004 The proliferation of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) has been of growing concern to the United States and other governments.