posted on Jun, 25 2012 @ 10:59 PM
reply to post by boomer135
Syria claims to be aiding in the search and rescue. More likely they hope they can recover the hand held recon gear before the the Turks do.
I do question doing recon in what is a fighter aircraft. There is tactical recon, which has to be near real time in order to be useful, and mil jets
are used for that purpose. But if I were running the show, I would have used a more friendly plane if time wasn't of the essence, or a more capable
plane like a F-16, which the Turks have.
The Turkish Phantoms are some hacked version modded by Israel. I would bet it has countermeasures, but this Pantsir-s1 relatively modern hardware. The
other question of course is were Russians running the Pantsir or Syrian troops.
In any event, it was both stupid and tragic.
Speaking of foreign hardware, the Nellis Petting Zoo hasn't been open to media for a while. Then a tour shows up:
Too bad the guy was a gun nut. Those guns and the manpads are shown at Nellis Expo. The aircraft in the Petting Zoo are not shown as often. Sometimes
they haul out the Hind as a static display.