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As the Wild Weasels steadily acquired better equipment and honed their tactics, the enemy SAM crews constantly made changes to counter them. For instance, to avoid being tracked by Wild Weasels, they launched SAMs without guidance radar at American aircraft, only turning on the guidance when the missile neared a formation. They began firing SA-2s in salvoes of three, making the missiles more difficult to avoid. Another tactic was to electronically simulate launches, which turned on the launch warning light in the Weasel aircraft, forcing them to make a "SAM break."

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