posted on Feb, 19 2010 @ 02:03 AM
reply to post by djvexd
If it is Red Flag, then they "train like they fight", so if jamming is part of CSAR, then it gets jammed. I know they do CSAR during Red Flag, I
just don't know if jamming is part of the curriculum. In theory, nothing experimental is used in Red Flag. Nellis has that jammer squad, so we
know jamming is used in some phase of Red Flag. If you look up the unit, they do a few exercises per year at other locations.
The thing you always need to keep in mind is that there are many users of the Nellis range. Even more if you toss in the NTS, since some counter
terrorism training is done there. Radio traffic often indicates the players. In fact, for the ground units, the person in charge will say if it is
weapons school or Red Flag. For units in the air, you can get clues from the frequencies used, though there are many common frequencies.
The Nellis range hosts JEFEX and MAFEX. The TTR hosts some exercise, like the battle of the SAM jammers they did a while ago.
What I am saying is the GPS jamming can be for the benefit of any number of users.
If you get that IMAX Red Flag movie (Operation Fighter Pilot or something to that effect), you will get an idea of what goes on during the exercise.
It has some minor warts. For instance, it was filmed during two Red Flags, and then they merged the exercises to appear as if they were one. For
example, if the exercise has a B2 in it, they would not have foreign aircraft on the blue team (defenders). In the movie, you see the B2 and some
foreign aircraft. The ground units are completely ignored in the movie. I assume the producer deemed dogfights sexier than a plane taking out a SAM
site. [In the recent campaigns, SAM sites were the real concern.] Computer graphics is mixed in with live video. IMAX did a poor job, but there is
nothing else out there than documents the exercise. At least in the public domain. They do a CSAR in the movie, and everyone acts like a bunch of
cowboys. The plot will make you groan. It would have been better if they didn't attempt a plot and went for a documentary.
Of course, I rant about it, but I saw the movie twice at IMAX and own the DVD. It's just that I would have done a better job as director. ;-)