World: Poison and Antidote

Israel lost another Phantom over the Suez Canal last week—the third shot down in three weeks by SA-2 missiles. Israeli technicians are certain that they know why. The new missiles were tuned to a new range of frequencies, and the electronic countermeasure (ECM) devices carried by Israeli jets to spoof or confuse attacking missiles were not capable of picking up those frequencies. The Phantom pilots, wrongly assuming that their ECMs would divert onrushing missiles, were unable to take evasive action in time.

For virtually every poison in jet-age aerial combat, however, there is...

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