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The Blowpipe is a British-built man-portable surface-to-air missile (MANPADS) that was used by both Britain and Argentina during the Falklands War.
During the Falklands War, the targets were generally fast low-flying aircraft that were using ground cover to conceal their approach. Blowpipe operators typically had around 20 seconds to spot the target, align the unit and fire, a process which one British officer compared to "trying to shoot pheasants with a drainpipe.". Unsurprisingly, the missiles performance during the conflict was unimpressive. The official report by the British government concluded that out 95 missiles fired by British forces, only 9 managed to destroy their targets, and all of these were slow-flying planes and helicopters. Another later report, concluded that only two aircraft were shot down by Blowpipes during the entire conflict, an Argentine Aermacchi MB-339 and a British RAF Harrier GR3.
The Blowpipe is a British surface-to-air missile developed for the British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF). The system was used during the Falklands War and performed well against low-flying aircraft.
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