I’m sorry but they don’t ship out $125,000 launchers with individual $80,000 missiles to the wrong teams by mistake.
“Oh hey sorry we ordered the wrong weapon from the wrong company and shipped it to the wrong team my bad :downs:”
Using that excuse for a “ragtag rebel guerilla force” makes even less sense. It’s not like they’ve got hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of guided missile launchers just lying around to hand out without a care in the world.
Yeah sure the “direct attack” mode technically means you could hit a helicopter… but do you know how ridiculously difficult that would be and not to mention what a waste of $80,000? You’d have a better chance of using an air-burst RPG at a fraction of the cost, but even that is hard as fuck (think how many RPGs are fired at ISAF helicopters every single day in Afghanistan and how many helicopters actually go down. Off the top of my head I think the UK has lost a single Chinook as a casualty to Taliban fire during the entire campaign and that was hit directly in the cockpit with an RPG… while it was stationary in a landing zone).
I don’t think there has ever been a documented case of a Javelin engaging and aerial target, let alone shooting it down.