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Operation Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector

Unread postPosted: 17 Mar 2011, 04:27
by geogen
As reported by Lieven Dewitte, 4 RDAF F-16s are preparing for any partial no-fly zone enforcement mission which could be ordered by NATO, or possibly decided by a coalition of a willing Euro-US action.

These would likely be aircraft upgraded with very modern capabilities, some of which USAF do not even employ or fund.

I hope a no-fly zone is not necessary, but if it is put into service one has to respect RDAF crew involved.

Peace to Libya. Respects -

RE: F-16s prepared for No Fly Zone in Lybia

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 00:19
by discofishing
These would likely be aircraft upgraded with very modern capabilities, some of which USAF do not even employ or fund.


Like what?

RE: F-16s prepared for No Fly Zone in Lybia

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 00:49
by runi_dk
They are now sending 6 F-16's :) seems that two of those will be in reserve, and a transport plane (C130J maybe?) too. It's anticipated that they will leave Saturday morning.

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 03:46
by VarkVet
"Get Some" :thumb:

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 09:50
by geogen
Looks like either an early test was made to see if No-fly means no-fly, or a possible manpad hit its target. My gut feeling (and hope) is that conditions for a cease-fire and for the next-stages to follow will be negotiated soon.

Mig-23? Hope the pilot got out... if not, RIP.

http://twitpic.com/4aycsd/full

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 12:09
by sciafer
Time to "rock & roll"......get some!

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 17:09
by Asif
Greek Reporter wrote:6 Belgian F-16 deployed in Greece – Dutch aircraft still to come against Libya?
Posted on 19 March 2011 by Apostolos Papapostolou

Six Belgian F-16 fighter jets are currently stationed at the Greek air base of Araxos, near the city of Patras. The fighter jets together with a frigate in the Mediterranean Sea have been deployed in the context of a possible NATO military intervention against Libya. The Belgian government is ready to participate in a military action in Libya NATO umbrella, European Affairs Minister Oliver Chastel said Friday. The government decided to “tell NATO that we are available, offer what we have and wait for a common command” Chastel told reporters after a government meeting (AFP ). It has not been revealed when the F-16 arrived in Greece.

Prime Minister and Socialist International President George Papandreou departed for Paris on Saturday in order to attend a meeting organised by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss the UN Security Council resolution for Libya.

A warplane crashed in flames in a residential area of Benghazi (photo), triggering celebratory gunfire from the rebels, but an insurgent commander later admitted it was one of theirs and had been shot down by Gaddafi’s forces.

The pilot ejected from the aircraft, which was initially identified as a Russian-built MiG-23 fighter but said later to have been a French-made Mirage.

source: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2011/03 ... nst-libya/

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 17:17
by Asif
Royal Danish Air Force wrote:F-16 bound for Sicily
By Lars Skjoldan 19-03-2011

Six Danish F-16 fighter jets took off Saturday morning, bound for Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily.

132 soldiers and a quantity of goods arrive during Saturday 19 March at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily's southern tip. It is an Italian naval base with a permanent U.S. presence.

The Danish soldiers are using flight day today to find their feet and put the equipment up and it is expected that they are ready to engage in international cooperation during Sunday.

- Our staff is ready, "said Maj. Gen. Henry Røboe Dam and continues:
- I am sure that pilots have little butterflies in my stomach right now, but they are well prepared for the tasks they may encounter.

Image

source: http://forsvaret.dk/FTK/Nyt%20og%20Pres ... ilien.aspx

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 18:24
by FlightDreamz
Geogen
Mig-23? Hope the pilot got out... if not, RIP.

Looks like a MiG-23/27 to my untrained eye as well. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/1 ... 37911.html I echo your sentiments that I hope the pilot survived (looks like he ejected awfully low). Have mixed emotions that N.A.T.O. and the U.S. are getting drawn into this. See <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/19/extremists-among-libya-rebels_n_837894.html">Anti-America Extremists among Libyan Rebels</a> (doesn't the U.S. have enough bad blood in the Muslim world already)? Hopefully they'll be a resolution to this crisis relatively soon (although I highly doubt that). I don't relish the idea of the U.S, being involved in Iraq, Afghanistan AND Libya too - might be time to bring back the draft (but Congress will never go for that).

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 18:25
by moti
Looks like it started! Good luck!

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 18:41
by moti
Here is a video of how Mig was shot down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YDR-0Sg ... r_embedded

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 19:04
by Boman
Norway is to send 6 F-16's. Will supposedly take 5-10 days, something I cannot understand at all? Thought the NRF was to be deloyable in 24 hours roughly?

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 19:15
by Butcher
FlightDreamz wrote:
Geogen
Mig-23? Hope the pilot got out... if not, RIP.

Looks like a MiG-23/27 to my untrained eye as well. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/1 ... 37911.html I echo your sentiments that I hope the pilot survived (looks like he ejected awfully low). Have mixed emotions that N.A.T.O. and the U.S. are getting drawn into this. See <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/19/extremists-among-libya-rebels_n_837894.html">Anti-America Extremists among Libyan Rebels</a> (doesn't the U.S. have enough bad blood in the Muslim world already)? Hopefully they'll be a resolution to this crisis relatively soon (although I highly doubt that). I don't relish the idea of the U.S, being involved in Iraq, Afghanistan AND Libya too - might be time to bring back the draft (but Congress will never go for that).


Looks like a -23, Mig-27s do not have radar if i remember correctly and as such they don't have a round nose like the pic shown. If you look closely you can see the nose antenna for the radar.

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 19:57
by Butcher
According to Wikipedia (yeah i know not the most reliable source) it's a Mig-23BN:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Air_Force

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 20:11
by discofishing
Looks like a MiG-23/27 to my untrained eye as well. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/1 ... 37911.html I echo your sentiments that I hope the pilot survived (looks like he ejected awfully low). Have mixed emotions that N.A.T.O. and the U.S. are getting drawn into this. See Anti-America Extremists among Libyan Rebels (doesn't the U.S. have enough bad blood in the Muslim world already)? Hopefully they'll be a resolution to this crisis relatively soon (although I highly doubt that). I don't relish the idea of the U.S, being involved in Iraq, Afghanistan AND Libya too - might be time to bring back the draft (but Congress will never go for that).

That's one the big reasons I wish we would stay out of this. Those extremists may warm up to us at first, but they'll stab us in the backs later on.

If we intervene over there on behalf of the rebels, I wonder how many of those clowns are going to shoot at aircraft that are actually trying to protect them, either by mistake or the fact that they belong to the "great devil".