|I remember in the 1980's the US Army was considering developing a cheap
a M16-mounted or universal low-altitude air-burst Individual Anti-Aircraft Rocket, or in
the alternate a rocket-assisted air-birst Grenade both rifle mounted or with separate launcher. The weapon was
intended to be fired ideally at armed helos or attack fixed-wing aircraft beginning to make their air-to-ground strike runs, thru
the horizontal and or during the pull out phase of the strike run. It was intended as an adjunct to the platoon-level anti-air REDEYE/STINGER
team, allowing every platoon to vastly increase its anti-air firepower by turning every grunt into a one-man
ARTY gun. Helicopter and vehicle mounted launch stations were envisaged. The US Congress, however, frowned on the idea, labeling it unnecessary
and a waste of taxpayer dollars which could be beter spendt on costlier, bigger politically popular systems.