Tag: SAM

Possible sale of 4 MQ-4Cs to Germany approved
The MQ-4C Triton shoot-down is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a direct attack on a U.S. military asset. On Jun. 20, 2019 in a major provocation Iran shot down an unarmed and unmanned U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton drone while it was flying in international airspace...
The Unknown Story of the SR-71 Blackbird that was saved by a Tanker after a Double-Engine Flameout over Northern Laos
“Excitement, adrenaline pumping, and we dropped like a rock into Northern Laos!” Col. David P. Dempster, former SR-71 Blackbird back seater Col. David P. Dempster enlisted in the Air Force at age 19 and qualified for the Aviation Cadet Program. He graduated from Harlingen AFB, Texas, in 1955 as a rated navigator...
Former USMC A-6 Pilot explains why the Intruder was the perfect CAS Aircraft
"During Operation Desert Storm the B-52s heavily involved in CAS missions flew ten-hour missions from Diego Garcia. None had the external racks they used in Vietnam. They carried only 56 500-lb bombs. Two A-6s did more damage than a B-52" Capt Tom Uryga, former USMC A-6 pilot The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the ‘Main Battery’ of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam...
The Incredible Story of the A-6 Intruder that dodged 5 SAMs before conducting a perfect Attack on Heavily Defended Ferry Docks near Downtown Hanoi
'Intelligence reported that the SA-2 couldn't track below 1500 ft. We were disturbed to see that their assessment was incorrect', Lt Lyle Bull, A-6 Intruder B/N Grumman's A-6 Intruder was the 'Main Battery' of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War. It represented the most capable medium attack aircraft in-theatre for the entire conflict, being capable of striking targets with a...
"Our Il-20 was shot down by Syrian S-200 SAM after attacking Israel’s F-16s used it as cover," Russsia's Defence Ministry says
A U.S. official said Washington believed the Il-20 Coot-A Elint aircraft was inadvertently shot down by anti-aircraft artillery operated by Moscow's ally, the Syrian Government Russia's defence ministry says one of its Il-20 Coot-A turbo-prop Electronic Intelligence (Elint) aircraft with 14 crew members disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean at the same time as Israeli and French forces were...
That time North Korea fired SA-2 SAMs at SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 pilot Maj. Maury Rosenberg and RSO Maj. E. D. McKim were making their final pass on the DMZ, heading southwest, when North Korea fired two Soviet SA-2 SAMs at their aircraft The SR-71, unofficially known as the “Blackbird,” was a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place...
The story of the SR-71 Blackbird that outran Gaddafi's SAMs during a BDA flight of Libya in support of Operation Eldorado Canyon
"It is a race the SR-71 will not let us lose. The Mach eases to 3.5 as we crest 80,000 feet. We are a bullet now – except faster. Screaming past Tripoli, our phenomenal speed continues to rise, and the screaming Sled pummels the enemy one more time, laying down a parting sonic boom..." SR-71 Blackbird Vs Gaddafi's SAMs. On Apr. 14,...
Watch Houthis FLIR video of attempted downing of UAE F-16E/F fighters
Although the SAMs missed the F-16E/F fighter jets, they were able to prevent the UAE aircraft from completing their missions Taken on Mar. 26, 2018 the FLIR footage in this post features R-27 air to air missiles deployed by the Houthis as surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) being fired against a flight of two F-16E/F Block 60 fighter jets of the UAE...
When the Hun went Downtown: the story of F-100's only attack on North Vietnamese defenses
The enemy gunners, undaunted by the repeated attacks, had continued to put up a fierce defensive fire. But the elusive tactics of the two Hun drivers had prevented a single enemy shell from finding vitals of their mounts Developed as a follow-on to the F-86 Sabre used in the Korean War, the F-100 was U.S. Air Force's first production airplane...
That time an RA-5C Vigilante took a picture of a SA-2 surface to air missile passing just 104 feet from its belly
No one knows why it did not detonate although the most likely theory is that the missile had not reached its arming time when it shot past the wildly jinking RA-5C The A-5 Vigilante was a carrier based supersonic bomber designed by North American for the U.S. Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike role (replacing the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior)...