Few words about F-15.
OminousSpudd wrote:...or if any F-15s have actually been shot-down in an A2A engagement...
A thing is sure US lie, because the lie is an important part of the war, as any belligerents lie, US have rights to lie, hence I could not reproach US DoD to hype its propaganda. It is normal.
Moreover, the Mig-23, Mig-21, and Mig-29 are very very effectives aircrafts. Among the best of the world. As the T-72, the AT-3 Sagger, the RPGs, AK-47 I don't see why the Mig are not effectives. Because soviets had a strong technology, and strong know-how.
Furthermore, I forgot to mention this element
The initial night’s work played out better than Coalition air planners had hoped. Instead of the 20–25 aircraft losses some had expected, the early morning air attacks of 17 January suffered the loss of a single F-18, to a Mig-25. 32 Those attacks destroyed Iraq’s integrated air defense system.33 This does not mean the Iraqis were unable to fire unguided surface-to-air missiles at the attackers, or even to turn on their radars occasionally—there simply was no air defense system after the morning of 17 January.
Well if we think as americans, there were no air defense system.
...that attacking aircraft no longer had to fly at low levels to avoid Iraqi missile defenses and radars, but instead where Iraqi anti-
aircraft guns were dangerous...
US acknowledged that anti aircraft guns are very lethal. I was told a couple of years ago that US air fighter bombers had to fly at higher altitude. Because there are no fear of SAM, but the fear of AAA, as US views.
However US DoD admit that at least
-I insist on at least
2 F-15 E
3 F-16 C
Were downed by... SAMs
those that were supposed to be obliterated, except if they were unguided
I was not there to identify or confirm F-15 E
. In my view several F-15 C/E, F-18, F-16 -likely more than severa dozens-, F-14, F-111, F-4, and at least one B-52 were downed by Iraqi air force. As for the supposed gladiator M1 Abrams, the hoax around the F-15 C seems to not resist against the scrutiny of the facts. I could not confirm if the C
did not be replaced by E
. A matter of letter!
Accept or not this war was not intended only against the arab' "Unter manner" but mostly, and chiefly against soviet know how, and ...russian know how too