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Nations backing the no-fly zone & suppressing Gaddafi’s air defenses

According to the BBC, RAF Tornado warplanes would have launched Storm Shadow cruise missiles (equivalent to French MBDA SCALP) on Libya to destroy Gaddafi’s military assets. The Storm Shadows punch holes in runways, radar facilities, and bunkers thanks to their BROACH warheads. (BROACH means Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmented CHarge)

The French aircraft – Mirage 2000, and Rafale – seem to have carried out missions over Libya before SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) and flew under the threat of Gadhafi’s GBADs (Ground Based Air Defenses). The UAE and the Qatari air forces could be committed to Operation Odyssey Dawn. Here is the situation according to CNN:

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“Ace of Spades” AV-8B Harrier II and Vision SF50/SJ50 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

AV-8B Harrier II - Photo © Paulmaz (Wikipedia)

Marine Attack Squadron 231 (VMA-231) AV-8B Harrier II - Photo © Paulmaz (Wikipedia)

Airshow AirVenture 2008 video, Aero TV courtesy:

Harrier engine RR-408 Pegasus - Photo © www.arnold.af.mil

Harrier engine RR-408 Pegasus - Photo © www.arnold.af.mil

Arnold Air Force Base courtesy

Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50 - © Jackmar1 - Wikipedia

Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50 - © Jackmar1 - Wikipedia

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RAF and Royal Navy HARRIER jets farewell

The Harrier entered in service 41 years ago. Then, the Harrier II (GR5, GR7, and GR9) took off in 1985 for the first time. The F-35 Lightning II or JSF – 5th-generation Joint Strike Fighter – should replace these V/STOL (Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing) fighter aircraft.

Sixteen RAF Harriers conducted a farewell flypast yesterday while the last four Harriers left HMS Ark Royal forever. Both the Ark Royal and the Harriers are to be decommissioned under cost-saving plans. Click on the video below:

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F-35B – Lightning II STOVL variant

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X-planes battle – JSF (1)

Link: Battle of the X-Planes :: [Part 1 of 6]

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