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Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby MRTT » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:45 pm

Unconfirmed reports that a USAF fighter has been shot down, awaiting more details.

EDIT: Pentagon confirmed that no aircraft has been shot down/
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby MRTT » Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:23 am

Russian helicopter downed in Syria, no word on casualties. :(
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby paddyboy » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:53 pm

Total loss of crew, apparently :(
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby welshandy » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:02 am

This on the BBC this morning. Apparently Syrian Jets were attacking an area where US Special Forces were & the US Scambled Jets to intercept. No shots fired as Syrian Jets turned away . http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37136536
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby page_verify » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:26 pm

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Iran Revokes Russia’s Use of Air Base, Saying Moscow ‘Betrayed Trust’


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby 22A » Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:31 am

welshandy wrote:This on the BBC this morning. Apparently Syrian Jets were attacking an area where US Special Forces were & the US Scambled Jets to intercept. No shots fired as Syrian Jets turned away . http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37136536

Was this the same incident or just similar?
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/96970346-1 ... ilots.html
A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA — Two American fighter pilots who intercepted Syrian combat jets over northern Syria last week said they came within 2,000 feet of the planes without the Syrians aware they were being shadowed. The tense encounter occurred after Syrian jets dropped bombs near a U.S. adviser team with Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The Pentagon warned Syria that American forces were authorized to take action to defend its troops. Syrian aircraft haven’t dropped bombs in the area since then, and the U.S. military is no longer operating continuous combat patrols there. “I followed him around for all three of his loops,”
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby MRTT » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:14 pm

Updated list of aircraft currently being used in Syria and/or Iraq.

Egyptian Air Force
6x F-16 Fighting Falcon

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
7x Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoo
?x Mc Donnell Douglas F-4/RF-4 Phantom

Russian Air Force
14x Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire
6x Tupolev Tu-95MSM Bear
5x Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack
12x Sukhoi Su-24M2 Fencer
6x Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback
12x Sukhoi Su-25SM Frogfoot
4x Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker
1x Ilyushin Il-20
12x Mil Mi-24P Hind
4x Mil Mi-8HTV Hip

Royal Air Force
10x MQ-9 Reaper Drone
10x Panavia Tornado GR4
6x Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
2x Bombardier Sentinel R1
2x Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1
2x Airbus A330MRTT Voyager KC2/3
1x Boeing RC-135 Airseeker R1
1x Beechcraft Shadow R1

United Arab Emirates Air Force
4x Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

Turkish Air Force
?x Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

Royal Saudi Air Force
4x Mc Donnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
?x Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon

Qatar Emiri Air Force
2x Dassualt Mirage 2000-5

Royal Netherlands Air Force
6x Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
?x Boeing E-3A Sentry

Royal Moroccan Air Force
6x Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon

Royal Jordanian Air Force
20x Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

Italian Army
4x Agusta A-129 Mangusta

Italian Navy
4x NH Industries NH-90

Italian Air Force
4x Panavia PA-200 Tornado
1x Boeing KC-767
2x MQ-1 Predator

German Air Force
6x Panavia Tornado IDS/ECR
1x Airbus A310-304MRTT

French Air Force
6x Dassualt Rafale C
6x Dassualt Mirage 2000N
1x Boeing E-3F Sentry
1x Boeing C-135FR Stratotanker

French Navy
1x Breguet Atlantique

Royal Danish Air Force
6x Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon

Royal Canadian Air Force
3x Bell CH-146 Griffon
2x Lockheed CP-140 Aurora
1x Airbus CC-150T Polaris
1x Lockheed Martin CC-130J Hercules
1x Boeing CC-177 Globemaster

Royal Bahraini Air Force
2x Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

Royal Australian Air Force
6x Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
1x Boeing 737AEW&C Wedgetail
1x Airbus KC-30A
?x Boeing C-17A Globemaster III
?x Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules

Information from Wikipedia, may be incorrect.
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Sparts99 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:37 am

Just heard on the news there's an emergency debate in the House of Commons this afternoon on Syria and Russia's alledged war crimes. Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell is calling for 'RAF aircraft' to be sent to the region to stop the Russian air strikes.
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Contrail1958 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:15 am

Sparts99 wrote:Just heard on the news there's an emergency debate in the House of Commons this afternoon on Syria and Russia's alledged war crimes. Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell is calling for 'RAF aircraft' to be sent to the region to stop the Russian air strikes.

Don't you mean "Observe and therefore be able to report" Russian air strikes as that is certainly the impression I
took from the BBC's report. ?
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Sparts99 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:17 pm

I heard it on R6M news, it was worded pretty vaguely, I tried a web search at the time but couldn't find any details. 'Observe and report' won't do much I'd have thought, Putin and Assad will just carry on anyway if they want to, and I don't think anyone wants an armed escalation. Turkey pushed it quite hard but it was undeniable the Russian Su-24 (IIRC) had crossed Turkey's airspace a number of times despite warnings to stop. I think the way to stop the conflict it is to bring in hard and serious trade and financial sanctions very quickly, in days not weeks or months and stick to them. Both countries need foreign money to function, and looking at that list of aircraft Russia has there it can't be cheap maintaining the presence.
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Amp » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:19 pm

Sparts, you are correct, there was talk earlier today about trying to enforce a no-fly zone over Aleppo, (stop bombing).
No doubt this will end up as a strongly worded UN letter, perhaps in bold or underlined, along the lines of "you have been a very naughty boy"!
Meanwhile innocent civilians continue to be killed ....
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby jeallen01 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:01 pm

The way things are in the "Assad controlled" parts of Syria at the moment, Western protests and "possible" actions will unfortunately have SFA effect - this was predictable 5 yrs ago, and the prediction has now unfortunately come to pass :(
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Cornish-guy » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:19 pm

jeallen01 wrote:The way things are in the "Assad controlled" parts of Syria at the moment, Western protests and "possible" actions will unfortunately have SFA effect - this was predictable 5 yrs ago, and the prediction has now unfortunately come to pass :(



SFA ?

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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby jeallen01 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:06 am

SFA? ("Sweet F*** All"!)
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Cornish-guy » Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:55 pm

Some news but not pictures of a crammed deigo garcia air base circulating the net, supposed to be a lot of bombers B52/B1 and B2's on the base probably a large exercise.

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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby T_J » Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:54 am

Cornish-guy wrote:Some news but not pictures of a crammed deigo garcia air base circulating the net, supposed to be a lot of bombers B52/B1 and B2's on the base probably a large exercise.

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You have to take into consideration the crazy conspiracy people. It is a mindset with these people and they simply invent stories. Some of them can't help it. In the following fantasy story they have the B-52s painted flat black. :lol:

MASSIVE U.S. FORCES MOVED TO DIEGO GARCIA

According to information from a government contractor, the US has deployed "More planes than I have ever seen in nine years" to the Military Base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Specifically, this contractor wrote to say:

I rotate thru Diego Garcia every 6 weeks to pull maintenance on uplink equipment as a private contractor.

Something big is going on, the island has more aircraft than anytime in the last 9 years. They have blocked off some access roads and are now parking aircraft on the National Road. Barriers have been set up around the aircraft areas. Temporary barracks and hangers are popping up everywhere. A tent city full of AF and Navy maintenance personal has also been set up.

I have never seen B1s and B2s there at the same time. Actually I have never seen more than 1 there at a time. Now, there are very many.

Security is nuts I had to show my id at least 8 times a day.

My coworker is former AF and said they are like that when nukes are around.

We counted over a dozen air refueling tankers on the ground. The airfield had a take off or landing every 1 minute, very busy. When we flew out we waited in line for quite a while. We never had to wait in the past.

The Navy had the docks full of ships and 6 to 8 more were moored just off shore. We watched many pallets of bombs being off loaded from one ship.

There were a bunch of B-52's coming in that were painted flat black. I have't seen that before.


https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/2239

The same people that created the following ridiculous story. It is just VFC-12 at Oceana painting some of their aggressor Hornets in a Su-30SM/Su-34 colour scheme.


"U.S. Caught Repainting Fighter Jets to RUSSIAN COLORS - False Flag Bombing Imminent!"

https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/2203
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby Cornish-guy » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:09 am

Suppose it makes for some interesting conversations if the ship hits the fan, not to mention some interesting planes for us spotters if things did get interesting, like the excitement of kids watching dog fighting during BoB over here.

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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby MRTT » Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:56 pm

USMC AV-8s are being withdrawn from the conflict in Libya.
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby jeallen01 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:07 pm

MRTT

Any idea why the AV-8s are leaving ("outclassed", not versatile/fast enough?)?

Update: MRTT has edited his post to clarify the Av-8B withdrawal situation.
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Re: Syrian/Iraq air war and conflict

Postby MRTT » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:09 pm

Sorry, not sure why! :)
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