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(Reuters) - U.S. fighter planes backed by electronic warfare aircraft carried out air strikes early on Sunday on Muammar Gaddafi's ground troops and air defenses in Libya, the Pentagon said in a statement.
"U.S. Navy Growlers provided electronic warfare support over Libya while AV-8B Harriers from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted strikes against (Gaddafi's) ground forces and air defenses," the military said in a statement.
geogen wrote:If not 'fully equipped' EA-18G, perhaps E/F mods could tag along with Rafale and their Thales EA escort pods? Hmmm. Or purchase a few and integrate them under an -18E?
Maybe this is a silly question, but why Harriers?
discofishing wrote:Maybe this is a silly question, but why Harriers?
You know, I was thinking the same thing. I think it's maybe to re validate STOVL operations so that the USMC can have their F-35Bs. At any rate, it looks like that bird probably only carried one JDAM or LGB as the rest of the pylons were used for fuel tanks, Litening pod and Sidewinders.
Ever think it's becuase that's all we currently have in the Med?
discofishing wrote:Ever think it's becuase that's all we currently have in the Med?
Hey, you might be on to something there! I thought we had some carriers out there, but seeing how those Growlers are on the ground at Aviano makes me start to think otherwise. I've heard that the USAF has used B-2s, F-16s and F-15s and the USMC has used Harriers. No word on what kind of missions the US Navy is flying, so maybe they aren't in the region yet. Harriers could be the only naval airpower available.
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