|How are Surface to Air Missiles classed? From what I have read so far the classes are as follows (along with examples):
MANPADs: Stinger, Javelin, Strela
Short Range SAMs: Rapier, SA-8
Medium Range SAMs: SA-6
Long Range SAMs: Patriot, SA-12
Intermediate Range/Theater: My own new category - eg. THAAD
Intercontinental Range SAMs: My own new category - Ground Based Interceptors of the US NMD Shield - they do have intercontinental range!
Further ways of classifying SAMs:
Low Altitude: Stinger, Strela, Javeling
Medium Altitude: SA-6
High-Medium Altitude: Patriot, SA-12
High Altitude: THAAD
Point Defence: Stinger, Strela, Javelin
Area Defence: THAAD
Continental Defence: My own new category - eg Mid-course Intercepter of the NMD Shield
Feel free to correct me or add more classes.