Iranian AWACS Loss

wb4jfi wb4jfi at
Fri Sep 25 15:24:00 CDT 2009

fgentges at wrote:
> Oh My!  It seems the Iranian AWACS airplane got involved in a mid-air 
> crash and was destroyed. This must be an important loss for their 
> military.  I don't think they can make their own.
> The following is from DEBKA.
> 23 Sept. Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 
> 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would chop off 
> the hands of any power daring to attack his country, two air force 
> jets collided in mid-air - one Iran's only airborne warning and 
> control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial 
> operations, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources disclose.
> As the soldiers marched past, followed by a line of Shehab-3 missiles 
> and an air force fly-past, planned to give Ahmadinejad a dazzling 
> send-off for New York and add steel to his UN Assembly speech, the 
> AWACS' collided with one of escorting planes, a US-made F-5E. Both 
> crashed to the ground in flames. All seven crewmen were killed.
> The loss of this airborne control system has left Iran's air force and 
> air and missile defenses without "electronic eyes" for surveillance of 
> the skies around its borders.
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