Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An Added Temptation Perhaps?

I spoke recently with an F-15 Eagle combat ace and instructor for the 9th Air Force about the differences in capabilities between the Israelis and other Mid-East air forces. He laughed saying that the pilots of the Arab/Iranian/Jordanian/Syrian/Egyptian/etc., forces had a deep level of ineptitude. They believe that faith overrides skill. They are certain Allah will give them the victory. The Israelis, on the other hand, are jocks. They fly close-in with no fear. Their skill level, though not quite up to the Americans, is far superior to that of their counterparts. That is why no Israeli F-15 or F-16 has never been lost in combat!
With an attack against Iran's nuclear production facilities looming, I found this article in the Debka Files quite interesting. Will Iran's ineptitude be an added temptation for Israel to forgo the OBAMA attempt at kissy-face diplomacy? Makes me wonder, especially since the latest version of Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles are not yet in place in Iran. hmm Read on and chuckle.
Iran loses its only AWACS as Ahmadinejad threatens the world
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
September 23, 2009, 12:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources disclose.

The proud military parade, which included a march-past, a line of Shehab-3 missiles and an air force fly-past, was planned to give Ahmadinejad a dazzling send-off for New York and add steel to his UN Assembly speech Wednesday.

Dubbed "Simorgh" (a flying creature of Iranian fable which performs wonders in mid-flight), the AWACS' appearance, escorted by fighter jets, was to have been the climax for the Iranian Air force's fly-past over the parade. Instead, it collided with one of escorting planes, a US-made F-5E, and both crashed to the ground in flames. All seven crewmen were killed.

Eye witnesses reported that the flaming planes landed on the mausoleum burial site of the Islamic revolution's founder Ruhollah Khomeini, a national shrine. According to Western observers, no distress signals came from either cockpit indicating that the collision and explosions were sudden and fast.

DEBKAfile's military sources say the disaster was a serious blow to the Iranian Air Force not long after its first and only AWACS went into service in April 2008. It was a renovated version of the Russian Ilyushin 76, part of Saddam Hussein's air force before it was transferred to Iran in 1991 during the first Gulf War.

Tehran hired Russian technicians to carry out renovations and install up-to-date radar. At the launching ceremony of the upgraded AWACS, Air Force commander Brig. Gen. Ahmad Miqani boasted its new radar systems were made in Iran and able to spot any airplane or missile at a distance of 1,000 kilometers from Iran's borders.

The loss of this airborne control system has left Iran's air force and air and missile defenses without "electronic eyes" for surveillance of the skies around its borders.
Jimmy Root Jr
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