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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Rhino Retirement

THE IMPORTANCE OF accurate and timely battlefield aerial reconnaissance information cannot be understated. Knowing the activities and intent of hostile forces can give a tremendous advantage, with the potential to swing the successful outcome of a battle. It is for this reason, even with the National Defence surveillance system of sophisticated satellites, that each of the armed forces has supported a special reconnaissance aircraft.

Past strategy has been to provide a reconnaissance aircraft that was a dedicated special version of the premier fighter. The aircraft would then have the speed and manoeuvrability to go with or follow behind the strike

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Of All Trades Jack

Mark Ayton visited the ‘Grey Lynx’ community at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, to look at the training, deployment and operations of 702 and 815 Naval Air Squadrons.

AS A direct consequence of the Royal Navy’s post-Cold War downsizing, in early 1999 the ‘Grey Lynx’ community moved from its home at RNAS Portland, Dorset, to RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, and Portland was subsequently closed. The current ‘Grey Lynx’ community is made up of two squadrons; 702 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) the dedicated Lynx training squadron and 815 NAS, the front line operational squadron.

Lynx configurations

There are four maritime configurations of the Lynx

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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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Flick-knifes vs Jungles

In response to the problems of policing the UN ‘no-fly’ zone over Bosnia, the Royal Navy and RAF have been playing ‘hunter’ and ‘hunted’ in the hill of central Wales. A report by Patrick Allen.

IN THE PAST, fast jets were not considered a major threat to helicopters. Air defence lighters were usually busy at higher altitudes, worrying about their combat air patrol (CAP) area and looking for enemy air defence aircraft. Close air support and low-level bomber/attack aircraft usually had their specific targets and were either time or fuel critical as they executed their specific missions. If these aircraft

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Boneyard Ops

A fast jet unit with a difference — Mark Ayton visited the HawkT.1A-equipped 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire.

SEEING FOURTEEN Hawk aircraft parked on RAF Leeming’s flight line, gleaming in their all-black paint schemes, the author suspected that the day ahead was going to be a busy one for 100 Squadron. A check of the flight schedule in the operations room confirmed that 25 sorties were due to be launched for a variety of missions.

Multi-faceted

Equipped with 18 Hawk T.l A aircraft, 100 Squadron comprises A and B Flight and the Navigation Training Unit (NTU). The Squadron also

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FUTURE WITHOUT AFAR IMPOSSIBLE — EUROFIGHTER

Participants in the consortium Eurofighter Typhoon fighter producing England, Germany, Italy and Spain will not be able to get export orders in the future if you do not agree to finance the development of airborne radar with active electronically scanned array (AESA), June 5 aviationweek.com reports citing a statement by the Senior Vice president of Selex (comes in group Finmeccanica) Chris Bushell (Chris Bushell).   Potential clients «Typhoon», such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), claimed that these fighters were equipped with radar AFAR, and not with ordinary mechanical scanning. In 2011, the countries of the consortium agreed in principle

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CHINA FOCUS ON SURVEILLANCE aircraft airborne

Academician of Engineering Academy of China Wang Xiaomei said in an interview, «People’s Daily» that the subsequent generation of Chinese aircraft distant radar detection could eclipse all of its own foreign competitors, including American. What are the prospects of Chinese development in this area? Certainly, China reached the great success in developing their own aircraft distant radar detection. First attempt to make a similar aircraft based on outdated Russian bombers Tu-4 was undertaken in the late 1960s, but was unsuccessful. But in the 2000s, China has been able to make just three types of serial AWACS — KJ-200, KJ-2000 and

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French Air Force Rafale fighter armed first AFAR

Defense procurement agency (DGA) French Ministry of Defense received the first Rafale fighter drill mounted on it with radar with active phased array antenna. According to the agency, a military aircraft was delivered September 12, 2013. Double combat aircraft with tail number «B339» lately will be given RAF France in Mont-de-Marsan in the southwest of the country. Delivery of the first experimental fighter with radar AFAR Air France first accomplished in October 2012. New radar was equipped with a single plane with tail number «C137». Then it was reported that the new combat aircraft became the first production Eurofighter, received

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UNCERTAINTY IN THE PROGRAM T-50 PAKFA

No flaws in the oscillations about the upcoming programs from the creation of the Russian fighter fifth generation T-50 PAKFA writes AINonline September 20. These difficulties are readily major subsystems of the aircraft, delays in the transfer of the aircraft into service, also plans to cover a part of R & D at the expense of programs from partner — India. NIIP design bureau typically is a provider of radars for fighter «Su» and developed a radar with active phased N050. «The results of flight tests of the radar on board the 1st of 4 prototype T-50 is very impressive,»

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