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    Austin

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    1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  Austin on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:29 am

    Zoltan Dani: I shot down US stealth fighter

    NATO’s military operation against Yugoslavia has already gone down in history. The 1999 Operation Merciful Angel specifically saw the shooting down by Serbia of an F-117 stealth fighter which was billed as an invulnerable aircraft by the United States. The F-117 was downed by Colonel Zoltan Dani, former commander of the 3rd battery of the 250th Missile Brigade in Belgrade, on March 27, 1999.

    In an interview with the Voice of Russia broadcast on Friday, Dani, who retired in 2004 and now owns a small bakery outside Belgrade, elaborated on the March 27 events:

    “At about 18:00 local time, we were ordered to turn on the system. We checked out the functionality of the missile defense system, reporting that the 3rd battery was on combat alert. After 20:00, a NATO airstrike began which prompted us to turn on the radar that tracked down an approaching target. We asked the mission control center to act against this aircraft, and at 20:41 we got the go-ahead. At 20:42, the target was destroyed. It took us 18 seconds to do so.”

    How did you manage to spot the stealth fighter?

    To that end, we used the Soviet-made P18 meter band radar which is capable of tracking any warplane irrespective of the configuration of its fuselage. The radar started to emit and we discovered a target at a distance of 15 kilometers – something that our operators were distinctly seeing on a display. I was quick to order the launch of a missile which destroyed the target.

    You mean that you managed to shoot down the sophisticated aircraft with the help of the vintage S-125Neva anti-aircraft system?

    I don’t quite agree with you. Of course, Russia has more advanced missile defense systems, but I proceed from the assumption that a cat’s color does not contribute to its ability to catch mice. At the time, the S-125Neva was believed to be a rather advanced system, and we had no other systems to tackle NATO airstrikes.

    Is it true that you subsequently got acquainted with a pilot of the downed F-117?

    I only want to say that a relevant documentary, the Second Meeting, is due to be released before the end of this year. It took us almost four years to meet – an occasion that was held in a positive atmosphere and that helped us to bolster our communication which is still under way. Our project aims to hammer home how important world peace and family values are…
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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  GarryB on Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:44 am

    Moved to a more relevant thread, though if you want I can move it to the Kosovo section.

    Regarding the post, stealth does not make the aircraft invisible, it just reduces the range at which radars of a precise radar band can detect the aircraft.

    By being close to the flight path of the F-117 and not turning the radar on too soon they managed to catch the F-117 with its pants down.

    If the radar had been on all the time the F-117 pilot would have detected it and changed his flight plan and flown around the edge at which US Intel have calculated that the radar can detect an get a solid lock on his aircraft.

    By turning it on at the last minute the F-117 was given no time to leave the engagement area of the system and was hit.

    A good example showing that even old equipment used well can be very effective against the latest stuff.
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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  Werewolf on Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:34 pm



    Well i have two friends who are mocking always with that joke, the one is a syrian and the other is a serbian guy. Very Happy
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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  Viktor on Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:06 pm

    This one is better.

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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  Werewolf on Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:15 pm

    Viktor wrote:This one is better.


    Indeed

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    F-117 shot down in Yugoslavia & question ?

    Post  indochina on Mon May 13, 2013 8:21 am

    Let me ask a little bit, exactly, the F-117 was shot down by the elements? as I've read, there are three factors (or maybe all three factors contributing to shoot down the F-117)

    - The system of passive electronic reconnaissance Tamara?

    http://www.456fis.org/F-117_SHOT_DOWN.htm

    - Use three or more radar network stations to trap F-117 in the triangulation (triangulate)

    http://lurnq.com/lesson/Under-The-Radar-The-World-Of-A-Stealth-Aircraft/section/The-Cons-Of-Operating-A-Stealth-Aircraft/

    - Using radar L-band long wavelength/low frequency of the former Soviet Union 1950

    http://www.oocities.org/azizforever/article1.html
    http://www.defenceaviation.com/2007/02/how-was-f-117-shot-down-part-1.html

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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  indochina on Sun May 19, 2013 3:19 am

    Who can help ? who know ?
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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  Viktor on Mon May 20, 2013 1:41 am

    Dont complicate the thing. Read about the system that shoot down F-117.

    There is no passive radar, three radar ect thing. In order to fire missile from S-125 you need to lock to your target

    and keep the lock during the whole flight of the missile toward target. What that means is that you need to see F-117 on your search

    radar and shortly after on your fire radar and be able to track the target all the time.
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    Re: 1999 F-117A shootdown in Yugoslavia

    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:45 am

    At the Military Museum in Belgrade, a launcher of the S-125M SAM was installed, which shot down the F-117A aircraft

    Serbian media reported that on March 23, 2017, in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan in Belgrade, an opening ceremony was held as an exhibit of the 5P73 launcher of the Soviet anti-aircraft missile system S-125M "Neva-M" installed there, with anti-aircraft missiles B-601PD. This launcher was part of the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), on March 27, 1999, the American unobtrusive fighter-bomber Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, who shot down over Serbia, was the loudest success Yugoslav military forces in the fight against NATO intervention.

    The ceremony in Kalemegdan was timed to coincide with the 18th anniversary of the beginning of the NATO air campaign against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on March 24. The ceremony was attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Serbia Nenad Neric, representatives of the highest Serbian military command, officers and veterans of the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th SAM missile brigade.


    Installed in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan, Belgrade, as an exhibit, the 5P73 launcher of the S-125M Neva-M anti-aircraft missile system from the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 23.03.2017 (с) Ministry of Defense of Serbia

    On the bmpd side, we point out that from 1977 to 1982 Yugoslavia received 12 divisions of the S-125M Neva-M missile system from the USSR, three technical battalions, 1205 B-601PD anti-aircraft missiles and three training missiles. In 1983, all Yugoslav complexes of the S-125M were modernized.

    After the disintegration of the "big Yugoslavia", the air force and air defense of the FRY retained all the basic materiel of these complexes, which by the beginning of 1999 constituted the basis of the anti-aircraft defense of "small Yugoslavia", consisting of the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade (Belgrade air defense, eight divisions of the S-125M SAM, Two reserve divisions, three reserve stations for the detection of the SNR-125M) and the 450th anti-aircraft missile regiment (Kraljevo, four S-125M divisions and the reserve station CHR-125).

     During the repetition of the NATO air campaign in March-June 1999, it was the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade commanded by Colonel Zoltan Dani, who managed to achieve both reliably confirmed victories of the Yugoslav air defense in this conflict, having downed the US subtle on March 27, 1999 Fighter-bomber Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, and on May 2 - American fighter Lockheed Martin F-16C.

    The F-117A aircraft (USS 82-0806, the name "Something Wicked", the call sign "Vega 31"), piloted by the US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dale Zelko, was shot down by the B-601PD missile of the C-125M complex of the 3rd Missile Division near the Serbian village Bujanovtsi near the town of Rum (40 km west of Belgrade) on the evening of March 27, 1999. The aircraft was shot down by the standard method of aiming the missile with the use of the escorting station CHP-125M, without any thermal imaging devices. The pilot Dale Zelko ejected and after seven hours was taken out by an American search and rescue group by helicopter MN-53. This is the only reliable combat loss of the F-117A.

    The Yugoslav 3rd Rocket Division of the 250th Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade changed its position 22 times during the 1999 fighting, was subjected to 23 strikes of HARM anti-radar missiles and two bomb strikes, and did not suffer losses in the material part and people. However, in general, during the campaign, the 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade lost as a result of the strikes of the NATO forces, the disused match of seven divisions of the S-125M SAM from the 10 available (together with the spare), and the 450th anti-aircraft missile regiment lost all four divisions .

    The 250th anti-aircraft missile brigade still remains the backbone of the Serbian air defense system, now known as the 250th Air Defense Brigade (control in Banytsa, Belgrade) and having two divisions of the modernized S-125M1T SAM and three self-propelled ZKK 2K12 "Cub" divisions.


    Installed in the Serbian Military Museum in Kalemegdan in Belgrade as an exhibit, the 5P73 launcher of the S-125M Neva-M anti-aircraft missile system from the 3rd missile battalion of the 250th Air Force and Air Defense Alert of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and the veterans of the unit, Who participated in the downing of the American low-profile Loclheed F-117A aircraft on 27.03.1999. 23.03.2017 (с) Ministry of Defense of Serbia

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2508253.html


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