posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 07:34 AM
There is always the possibility that they have five more of them in hangars somewhere, and intentionally did this to feign weakness in the
hopes that Israel (or the U.S.) would use this opportunity to attack.
AEW&C aircraft are generally extremely to design, build, and operate. They do not just pop up out of the ground - but require many years to design,
and build, and need a heap of money to procure.
How the hell does a fighter hit a freakin' AWACS, during a demo flight yet?
Accidents happen. They happen to the US occasionally too. The correct terminology would be AEW&C. Also, an AEW&C aircraft is no 4th grade science
However, in any case an AEW&C aircraft is not flying constantly, if Israel wanted to bomb them then they could do it when the aircraft is not flying,
but then they would have to face Irans IADS (Probably leaning to federated rather than integrated). AN F-14s use as an AEW&C aircraft is extremely
limited by virtue of the relatively short ranged radar, and lack of data-links as well as crew. In any case, if the United States wanted to bomb Iran,
then it is unlikely they would have a significant problem. The USAF has no peers, not even close. I don't think the main issue would be getting bombs
on target, but rather doing significant damage to the hardened facilities, and also Irans counter attack.
[edit on 27/9/2009 by C0bzz]