Zilele acestea se desfăşoară exerciţiul internaţional Red Flag, la care din păcate nu avem un reprezentant din partea redacţiei. Suplinim această carenţă cu textul semnat de Lasse Jansson, ofiţerul de presă al SAAB:
It is impressive that for more than two hours of stand by and watch nearly a hundred aircraft taking off to participate in exercise Red Flag.
Two B-1, two F-22, four F-15, six F-16, two Gripen … boot order depending on the task they have but large aircraft tankers, bombers and AWACS reconnaissance aircraft usually start early.
At the beginning of the exercise is larger safety distances at the start.Will aircraft from the same unit, they can be tight, then it becomes a door to the next unit.
Two F-16, a KC-10, three F-15, two F-22 … every aircraft has its specific task and no task is different in the first week. During week two, a part of mission, to see how much you’ve learned.
Protecting a city from an enemy air raid drill was the first mission, and there was no soft start. For one hour and 45 minutes attacking enemy aircraft 60.
Five F-18, four Mirage 2000, two A-10, two F-18, two A 10:04 a.m. Gripen … that this time may engage in a defensive role, protecting one territory. A few days later it will be about to locate and destroy mobile Scud missiles on enemy territory.
You will get 30 minutes, in which after the missile is detected, via satellite or aerial reconnaissance, or time it fires. But if it knows today’s pilots still nothing.
After more than two hours, the Gripen aircraft back. Others have landed on a parallel runway in principle, while the last lift. Several hours of evaluation awaits. 394 people can fit in the evaluation room. It’s not just the number of airplanes that impresses. At the same time the final preparations for the next mission. Four hours after landing, six Gripen take off again. It will be the same aircraft individuals can venture into the fire again. Even if it’s just flown in two sessions a day as being the exercise around the clock.
– Iulian Iamandi –