Middle East tensions increase
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https://nypost.com/2019/06/21/iran-says ... 35-people/Iran refrained from blowing up an American plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the unmanned drone the Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down, an Iranian commander said Friday.
“With the US drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s Aerospace Force, was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency.
“This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not,” he said.
The P-8 Poseidon — based on Boeing’s 737-800 airframe — carries anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare equipment, as well as shipping interdiction and electronic support measures.
Did I read last year that many of Iran's F14s were to be retrofitted / upgraded in the USA sometime this year? Perhaps not so now. I've seen that it wishes to keep this airframe going up to 2030 at least as an air superiority fighter interceptor having turned down F15 when offered. Likely now to be Chinese replacements, if not Russian I guess.slogen51 wrote: ↑Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:09 pmA few years ago Iran was becoming more moderate until tough Western sanctions gave the Iranian hard liners the ammunition they needed. It is pathetic the way both sides are behaving. "He flew into our airspace so we will shoot it down". Ridiculous , they should raise the issue with the UN not threaten all out war.
Really? UK troops board oil tanker carrying Iranian crude oil in " Spanish" waters after the USA tracks it's passage. Against EU sanctions - could all be fake news of course.