Originally posted by SrWingCommander
reply to post by cranspace
I find the better part of two wings of F-15C's being deployed as (if not more) significant as the F-22s. Your looking at probable 40-60+ US F-15Cs
alone in theater. That's on top of the carrier air wings.
I agree that the deployment of 3 F-15C combat wings is noteworthy (unlike a good bit of the reactionary tripe that gets tossed around here regarding
For anyone who doesn't know, the single seat F-15C is a pure fighter plane "not a pound for air to ground"
while the newer 2 seat F-15E is
configured for dual role ground/air function.The F-15C is also the worlds most successful fighter aircraft with a combat record of over 100 air to air
kills without a single air to air loss.
Of note as well is that the Raptors that have been deployed are all recently upgraded to the block 3.1 standard with a ground attack capability.
Superficially, I would take a large deployment of air superiority specialized aircraft in the area as a demonstration of political will in response to
Iranian threats to interfere with international shipping in the Straits of Hormuz if stronger sanctions are enforced, however this seems
The 2 carrier task forces currently on station in the Persian Gulf are easily capable of controlling the straits in addition to the Royal Saudi Air
Force, which is formidable in its own right.
I honestly don't think there is an air defence network in the world that could substantially impede a force of 60+ Eagles and 20 Raptors from
operating at will for at least a short time
Remembering that a strike on Iran would be a large combined arms effort, any strategic assets would be based outside the Middle East, my guess is that
Diego Garcia will be a good bet for B-1 spotting in the near future.
There has been a lot of talk on the Internet recently that the USAF has been taking the possibility of having to project overwhelming power against a
integrated, determined air defence over a long distance very seriously.
‘Operation Chimichanga’ Tests Pentagon’s Stealth Strike
The first sign of the coming U.S. air raid was when the enemy radar and air-defense missile sites began exploding. The strikers were Air Force
F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, flying unseen and faster than the speed of sound, 50,000 feet over the battlefield. Having emptied their weapons bays of
super-accurate, 250-pound Small Diameter Bombs, the Raptors turned to engage enemy jet fighters rising in defense of their battered allies on the
That’s when all hell broke loose. As the Raptors smashed the enemy jets with Amraam and Sidewinder missiles, nimble Air Force F-16s swooped in to
reinforce the F-22s, launching their own air-to-air missiles and firing guns to add to the aerial carnage.
With enemy defenses collapsing, B-1 bombers struck. Several of the 150-ton, swing-wing warplanes, having flown 10 hours from their base in South
Dakota, launched radar-evading Jassm cruise missiles that slammed into ground targets, pulverizing them with their 2,000-pound warheads. Its weapons
expended, the strike force streaked away. Behind it, the enemy’s planes and ground forces lay in smoking ruin.
The devastating air strike on April 4 involved real warplanes launching a mix of real and computer-simulated weapons at mock targets scattered across
the U.S. military’s vast Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex near Fort Yukon, a tiny former fur trading post, population 583. “Operation
Chimichanga,” as the exercise was reportedly designated, was the first-ever test of a new Air Force long-range strike team combining upgraded
Lockheed Martin F-22s and Boeing B-1s carrying the latest air-launched munitions, along with old-school fighters, tankers and radar planes for
edit on 11-5-2012 by Drunkenparrot because: (no reason given)