Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Saudi AF II.
AWACS = Airborne Warning And Control Systems.
Yet one more appraisal of Saudi air force combat capability courtesy of Strategy Page. As extracted an evaluation much more sanguine. Observations as made germane to the current intervention in the Yemeni civil war.
"sanguine - [sang-gwin] - adjective - 1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident"
"Attrition: Arabs Advance As Aerial Adversaries"
"Iran was less eager to publicize the fact that the Arabs had succeeded in carrying out a sustained air campaign using modern aircraft (mostly F-15s, Tornadoes, Typhoons, F-16s and F-18s) and weapons (GPS and laser guided bombs and missiles) using targeting pods and AWACS aircraft. There were also several Arab operated aerial tankers as well as dozens of helicopter gunships and search and rescue helicopters. All this stuff performed well with Arab crews and under the supervision of Arab commanders."
Saudi aircrews, ground personnel, commanders all showing an unexpected mettle?
A combination of air power in totality the coordination difficult as best. Combat aviation to include fighter/tanker/rotary wing/AWACS all in a combat role the RSAF their performance on this occasion exemplary!