Rep. Royce introduces legislation on shoulder fired missiles

Yesterday Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA) introduced a far-reaching bill that, if passed, would boost US efforts to curb the threat posed by Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS).

The “Shoulder-fired Missile Reduction Act of 2006” (HR 5333), which already has 13 co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle, contains provisions that would

**Expand US stockpile security and destruction assistance programs by authorizing $15 million for these programs in fiscal year 2007 and $20 million in FY2008 (effectively doubling current funding levels);

**Punish states that knowingly transfer missiles to terrorists by cutting off U.S. arms sales and foreign aid (except humanitarian assistance); and

**Improve Congressional understanding of the MANPADS threat and the US government’s response by requiring a report that describes US and international counter-MANPADS activities, the impact of these activities on the illicit trade in MANPADS, and the availability of these weapons to terrorists and their states sponsors.

Rep. Royce’s bill is similar in several ways to legislation introduced in April (S. 2566) by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Barak Obama (D-IL). Both bills call for “an accelerated global program to secure, remove and eliminate” MANPADS and other conventional weapons, and both authorize additional funding for programs that carry out these activities.

The bill is the latest installment in an unprecedented global counter-MANPADS campaign that began shortly after a failed attempt by al Qaeda to shoot down an Israeli airliner in November 2002. Since then, the US and like-minded states have taken important steps to strengthen controls over MANPADS transfers, reduce the theft and diversion of missiles from insecure stockpiles, and mop up missiles already on the black market. The US is also evaluating possible anti-missile systems for installation on commercial airliners or at US airports.

For more information on the MANPADS threat and the global response, see ASMP Issue Brief #1: MANPADS Proliferation.

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  1. The Obama Administration is proceeding with supplying U.S. STINGER shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS) to the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Egypt. This is the Jihadist Fast and Furious and is incredibly dangerous. STINGER is one of the most desired terrorist weapons (outside of a nuke) on the planet. If just one of these goes missing and shows up outside an airport it would be catastrophic!

    (Dept. of Defense FY ’11 Contract Number = W31P4Q-09-C-0508-PZ0041 for $21,439,776.85 / STINGER PRODUCTION Egypt/Turkey)

    As an indication of how motivated the Obama Administration is to get these into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, note that the STINGER production line had been shut down at Raytheon / Tucson, AZ. for several years. The Obama Administration paid to have the entire production line brought back from the ground up, re-started and re-qual’ed specifically to provide these missiles to Eqypt.

    In addition, in order to get around the International MANPADS Non-Proliferation Treaty, they are literally being bolted to a chair and then called a “Pedestal Mount” (so they’re technically not “Man-Portable” (MANPADS)).

    Please help bring this to light and stop this dangerous escalation!

    This information is very easy to verify as the acquisition details are not classified (e.g. see above link and contract details).

    Technical Note: In Libya, we have been worried about their inventory of MANPADS getting into terrorist hands. Those missiles are typically Russian SA-7 Strella’s and are simple infrared tail chasers; not very accurate compared to a STINGER Basic (the kind we supplied the Afgan rebels in the ’80’s and were so effective against Russian aircraft). The STINGERS heading to Egypt are STINGER RMP Block 1’s. These are 2 technology generations beyond STINGER Basic. And being as how the only conceivable air assets likely to ever fly against Egypt would be Israeli or NATO (us) you can see how dangerous this is.

    Again, please help stop this unnecessary and extremely dangerous sale.

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