Smouldering Stoat wrote:Yup. This must be one of the most watched areas on earth. And not just by the US, Britain has a highly-sophisticated intelligence-gathering facility on the sovereign base areas in Cyprus. I find it very difficult to believe that the west doesn't have the capability to detect a missile launch there : we've been looking out for that kind of thing since the Cold War.
The problem is what we do with that knowledge.
Smouldering Stoat wrote:True, except that the aircraft was flying at an altitude which was far beyond the capability of the Surface-to-Air missiles that the rebels were believed to have; along a route that numerous other aircraft had been navigating safely every day, up to and including yesterday. If aircraft had to avoid overflying every contested area, long haul air travel would rapidly become unsustainable.
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