nemrod wrote:sheytanelkebir wrote:my 2 cents on this important and often overlooked topic.
....Iraq's fighter interceptors were "not bad" by regional standards:
MiG23ML with R24 (about 40 aircraft)
MiG29 with R27R (about 35 aircraft)
MiG25 with R40 (about 20 aircraft)
Mirage F1 with Super530F (about 60 aircraft)
That gave the Iraqis a quite formidable self-defence capability against the likes of Iran, Turkey or Syria... but it was nothing against the USA of course.
Thx for you contribution.
Could you please tell us more about Iraqis fighters performances ?
fighter performance? very limited, in the first 3-4 days they sent up piecemeal some fighter interceptors (why? because the air defence command was not authorised to send them up without saddam's approval - and in some instances fighters launched without approval). they shot down maybe 3-5 fighters but lost nearly 20 aircraft in the process. GCI was jammed heavily by the allies which effectively blinded the Iraqi fighter interceptors and the super-530 missiles on the Mirages simply would not "launch" at all, except in one instance at the beginning of the war
Most of the "kills" that the allies attributed to "SA2" were by fighter interceptors (though they're loath to admit it). Iraqi air defence found the SA2 "S75" completely useless and the type was withdrawn from service completely as soon as the war ended.
by the 3-4th day saddam had "decided" to save his precious planes by flying them to Iran... so all the fighter interceptor efforts were diverted away from self defence to escorting the transports and attack planes to safety in Iran. quite a clever decision by the "field marshal" LOL! So from about the 4th day most of the fighter interceptor duties were simply escorting the ferrying aircraft to safety, creating "diversions" for US F15s away from the planes going to Iran etc...
anyway there were many many "lessons learned" from that brief war.