Originally posted by hillynilly
Just imagine your protesting at the white house
and here comes 10 black hawk helicopters
they start dropping bombs on you...
I cannot imagine that at all.
Why? Because Black Hawks are equipped with rockets and machine guns.
I have never heard of a Black Hawk being equipped with bombs that are dropped.
But yes in theory, you COULD equip a Black Hawk with JDAMS or something, but it would be really ineffective and dangerous to say the least.
Instead, imagine Super Cobras or Apaches firing rockets or missiles onto you. That sounds a lot easier to imagine!
In the case of Libya, it would be Mi-24 Hinds, Mi-8 Hips, Mi-14's, and Mi-17's.
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They have around 100 Russian model helicopters, so we can assume at least a dozen of them are of operational quality and can be used for tactical
strikes throughout Tripoli.
These sources say that they have over 100 Soko G-2's.
Please read about this interesting aircraft model.
The SOKO G-2 Galeb (Serbian, Croatian Sea Gull) is a two-seat, single engine, advanced trainer, counter-insurgency, ground-attack and
reconnaissance aircraft developed in Yugoslavia.
It has hard points for weapon attachments.
Over 100 Aero L-39 Albatros at their disposal as well.
Over 100 Mig-23's. However the sources indicate that most are inoperable or grounded currently.
40 Su-22 Fitters. Those are probably still being used. Su22
They used to have 12 Mirage F1's but instead they now reportedly only have 10. Because the two defectors to Malta were flying in F1's.
Two used by senior colonels to defect to Malta in February 2011 after being instructed to bombard protesters.
The Su-35's and Su-30's are supposedly still "on order" and not available yet. And it states that the Mig-21 fleet is mostly grounded.
But, they are buying 14 Rafales
, possibly some
from China, and some Eurocopter
The Libyan Air Force actually appears quite dated and limited.