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Any Kigali regulars here? AA missiles?

Old 26th Nov 2016, 16:36
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Any Kigali regulars here? AA missiles?

Flown in/out of Kigali recently and noticed these objects alongside the runway, approximately 4-5 lined up on either side of the runway. Unsure if they're new or if I've only just noticed them over the years.

They appear to be two grey boxes around 1.5m x 1.5m and I've noticed them spin 180 degrees quickly every now and then, one of them appears to have 4 'holes' or tubes on it? The only thing I could imagine them being are some sort of missile defense system, but I know I'm probably way off the mark with this?

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Any ideas or suggestions on what they may be?
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Old 27th Nov 2016, 06:10
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AA missiles don't really need fullly moveable launchers anymore. Especially the radar guided variety that are fixed.
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Old 27th Nov 2016, 18:18
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I believe they are loud speakers to scare the birds.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 06:25
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This is Africa so it is possible they are using the AA missiles to shoot the bird.
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 15:04
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I believe they are loud speakers to scare the birds.
Thanks Makes sense now.

Always surprises me how modern and efficient Kigali Airport is compared to the rest of Africa, it rivals most western airports. The lounge and also free WiFi is spot on
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 16:15
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Originally Posted by 750XL View Post
Thanks Makes sense now.

Always surprises me how modern and efficient Kigali Airport is compared to the rest of Africa, it rivals most western airports. The lounge and also free WiFi is spot on
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Old 28th Nov 2016, 17:59
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This is Africa so it is possible they are using the AA missiles to shoot the bird.
Nah I think it's just a speaker playing Justin bieber
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Old 9th Dec 2016, 12:07
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I've been scaring off birds for years.
Gizza job !!!
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