posted on Sep, 24 2007 @ 03:49 PM
reply to post by eagledriver
It's overkill but I'm betting the USAF would regionally deploy a good portion of the 1st FW in any conflict with Iran. That means there will be
Raptors on station from the 27th and 94th to deal with anything
the Iranians want to get airborne (after most of their AC are destroyed while
on the ground). Not like the Raptors need it but supplemented by F-15's and USN Rhinos the Iranians won't be able to fly anything but a kite after
the first few days of conflict...
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
…so it is not something to be overly concerned about.
Not at all. First there are way too few of these "new" fighters, see single digits, while the US would likely field hundreds of fighters. Two, our
fighters are generations ahead of theirs in terms of technology, weapons and capabilities, you can't really appreciate how big the gap really is…
Third, the quality, experience, training and tactics of our force would likely be superior to that of the Iranians, not saying their pilots are bad
but compared to us they do not match up. Fourth, the C5ISTAR assets of our forces are far superior than what the Iranian can field, again the
difference in capability is quite extraordinary, this enhances our capability even more. Then there is the benefit of having a very good long range
and stealthy bomber/strike force in the form of cruise missiles and bombers. From mobile air bases (ships), global airbases and regional airbases
surrounding Iran etc… We will have a lot of flexibility to use a very large force in an unpredictable way. Ensuring surprise and deep first strike
capability, because of this they will be severely handicapped before we even get to points one through four… We also have more resources and
available power to sustain a large scale operation for an extended period of time while being able to absorb losses, Iran does not.
And lastly, to add insult to injury, the USAF, USN and USMC have been using F-5's as OPFOR aircraft in dissimilar simulated combat training for
decades and some units still continue to do so to this day. Meaning they choose a fighter our pilots, command structure and engineers know intimately.
We know it's capabilities, weaknesses and strengths, ditto for the F-14. Given that we retired the Tomcat from active duty and no longer use F-5's
for active combat Iran has no similar advantage. To sum it all up it would be a turkey shoot on part of the US military.
Did I leave out naval based SAM’s?
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