reply to post by Zaphod58
They're just havin' a little fun.
Seriously, that's interesting, that they've ramped it back up to that stage. I guess the CIS must be ready to resume the role that Russia had at the
time of the fall of the Soviet Union, the counter-balance to America. What do you think, Zaphod58?
They have bigger plans then that actually.
The Eurasian Union. It will formerly be established in 2015 as currently planned. So far it consists of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Tajikistan,
Kyrgyzstan and Armenia are the next candidates to join.
The three have a customs union already in place, which will transform into the Eurasian Union in 2015.
There's even a Eurasian Economic Community.
Have you heard of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation? It consists of all of the above countries + the CIS.
I put my money on the Eurasian Union having a military/foreign policy before the European Union does. All under Russian hegemony.
And guess what, the USA is dead against the Eurasian Union.
Turkey is a NATO member.
That is the only reason Turkey didn't kick Israel's ass this year. So now can we leave Israel out of this?
Actually no, the only reason Turkey didn't kick Israel's ass last year, besides the fact that it can't actually kick Israel's ass and would end up
with it's own ass kicked(even in an exclusive bout between the two of them) is because the whole break up between them is being played out according
to Washington's script for the Middle East region. The script didn't say it was time for Turkey to attack Israel. Maybe in the future though..
But it will be Turkey getting it's ass kicked from multiple directions.
Second, they have cracked and bypassed the IFF safeguards to be able to engage Israeli fighters, despite the system having been hard coded to prevent
allies from locking onto each other. Turkey has sworn they won't share that with other regional powers who also use the F-16.
This is a common misconception that is false. There is no safeguard to prevent locking onto another aircraft. IFF can change on an hourly basis, so
they would have to have every possible IFF code encoded into the system. An IFF code is usually four digits long, which means they would have to have
a god awful number of codes stored, or take the planes out of service every day to reencode them.
Blue on Blue isn't as common with aircraft, but it does happen. During Desert Storm an F-4 fired a Sidewinder that blew part of a B-52 tail off.
Fortunately everyone was ok, and the bomber landed safely.
The Turks have developed their own software/systems, and the regular IFF stuff that applies to Israeli, American, Greek, Dutch F16's and till
recently Turkish F16's no longer applies for the Turkish F16's.
I'm not sure on all the technical details, but from what I've heard/read, their birds no longer see the Israeli counterparts as "blues".
I don't know if all their jets have been 'upgraded' yet or not. But it will be interesting to know if they will include this stuff on the upgrade
of their older F16's(CCIP?)