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Wild Weasels

As the last USAFE F-4G Wild Weasels return to the United States for the last time, Barry D Smith talks to the crews that flew the type with such success during the Gulf War.

ONE OF THE MOST dangerous missions of the Gulf War was the suppression of enemy air defences, both missiles and anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). Two squadrons of F-4G Phantoms were sent to the Gulf to combat radar-guided missiles and AAA. Known as Wild Weasels, they tracked and destroyed sites with radar-homing missiles. What follows are comments of several crew members assigned to the 561st Fighter Squadron based

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Preserving future

Observers feared the worst, but the details outlined by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on August 2 in the Project de Loi de Programmation Militaire (Military Planning Act) for 2014-2019 is not as severe as first anticipated. In real terms spending will fall by 7.2% and although the number of aircraft to be purchased or kept in the inventory will inevitably decrease, money will be spent to ensure that development and production capabilities are maintained for the foreseeable future. Investments will be kept at current levels during the 2014-2016 period, and progressively increased from 2017 onwards. The number of personnel

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Future suppressors?

Despite the familiar Wild Weasel mission that continues in the Gulf, the USAF and other are moving to new technology for the suppression of enemy air defences on the ground. Former Vietnam fighter pilot John Roberts surveys the action, and all the changes and new equipment, in the SEAD mission of Allied air forces.

WILD WEASEL is dead, though the popular phrase continues in use. Now the term is officially suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD). The old phrase, created in Vietnam, has been dropped in favour of a less vivid, but more accurate description of the toughest fighter mission

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The head and the main for the production of «Katyusha»

Experience of artillery orders have not been Compressors, required equipment was not mass-produced drawings for the installation was not — it only remained to be developed … there were only eight pilot plants, and those recently subsided to the front (seven had subsequently celebrated Battery Captain Flerov, eighth gave the fleet, Sebastopol).

A term for everything about everything, of course, the shortest.

In short, with the fervent desire to perform any military order, this seems unrealistic. But nothing can be done, the war!

The right decision was made, and spent 32 years in the life of Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin

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FINLAND protection against «new aggression» RUSSIA JASSM cruise missiles

  The company Lockheed Martin has announced the start of work on the integration of cruise missiles JASSM stealth fighter on F/A-18C/D Hornet Finnish Air Force, reports defenseindustrydaily.com June 10. The price of 34.2 million U.S. dollars.   Flight tests will be held at the Patuxent Naval aviastantsii River (Maryland), then will last at RAF aircraft armament testing China Lake (Calif.).   Back in 2007, Finland has asked the United States to equip their fighters with these missiles. Despite the good history of international relations, the U.S. State Department at the time rejected the request. But in 2008, Our homeland

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SU-35 VS F-35. «UNCLE clubbed CHILD»

Is it more secretive South American combat aircraft F-35 easy prey for the Su-35? Some believe that this is a true statement, writes indrus.in July 26.   In July 2008, was simulated air combat role Su-35 mixed fleet against American fighters — F-22, F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-35, where the latter was «beaten with a truncheon as a child.» Simulations were performed on the basis of Hikam USAF in Hawaii, which witnesses were very small, four representatives of the Air Force and Military Intelligence Australia. Australian Parliament MP Denis Jensen (Dennis Jensen) with knowledge of the case said that the

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«Super Hornet» GET A NEW PARTY ON WEAPONS JSOW C-1

Raytheon Company has recently received a second contract from the U.S. Navy in the amount of 80.5 million dollars to create a control system implements JSOW C-1 (Joint Standoff Weapon) to equip deck fighters F/A-18 Super Hornet, reports Ottawa Citizen 21 July.   «JSOW allows fighters to accurately hit the target outside the act of enemy air defenses, the loss of her fighting ability. Ammo has the highest combat effectiveness and is immeasurable value to our military aircraft, «says director applets JSOW department Raytheon Missile Systems Celeste Moore (Celeste Mohr).   Version of JSOW C-1 in addition to the built-in

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PAK DA: disputes

Around promising aviation complex distant (strategic bombers) PAK DA conducted cruel disputes. Troublemaker became Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Industry, Dmitry Rogozin. Recall work on «Strategy» go with the 2008. Not so long ago, it became clear that he was ready avanproekt newest machines. The need to develop distant bombers even been mentioned in the February program article Vladimir Putin. But first announced in June Rogozin PAK well and generally the entire strategic aviation worthless. «Look at the level of development of air and missile defense: all these planes will not fly so far. Neither our thereto, nor them

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«Super Hornet» GET A NEW PARTY ON WEAPONS JSOW C-1

Raytheon Company has recently received a second contract from the U.S. Navy in the amount of 80.5 million dollars to create a control system implements JSOW C-1 (Joint Standoff Weapon) to equip deck fighters F/A-18 Super Hornet, reports Ottawa Citizen 21 July.   «JSOW allows fighters to accurately hit the target outside the act of enemy air defenses, the loss of her fighting ability. Ammo has the highest combat effectiveness and is immeasurable value to our military aircraft, «says director applets JSOW department Raytheon Missile Systems Celeste Moore (Celeste Mohr).   Version of JSOW C-1 in addition to the built-in

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F-35B made the trip with missiles AIM-9X ON EXTERNAL UNITS

September 19 fighter F-35B (test pilot Lt. Kristofert Tabert (Christopher Tabert) performed by Atlantic flight with close combat missiles AIM-9X Sidewinder, reports ADNews September 28.   The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effects of stress on the flying characteristics of the aircraft. Missiles were hung on the outer underwing nodes fighter.   F-35B is a variant of the joint strike fighter F-35 and is designed to equip aircraft U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and England and Italy. Plane capable of doing short takeoff and vertical landing, drink deck amphibious ships, aircraft carriers also filled with the takeoff

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