2 harriers Hit by mortar in Afghanistan

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  1. Does anyone know about the 2 harriers hit on the ground by a mortar in afghanistan?
    one of the jets is written off and the other escaped with minor damage
  2. 2 Harriers hit by mortars?

    No mate. News to me.
  3. nost likely fired by the yanks
  4. Boll0cks! :eek:

    If this is true it's a serious coup for the local insurgents. Those harriers have been central to the conduct of operations in outlying areas, flying recce, and providing very careful and judicious CAS. Even the yanks have been singing the praises of our fly-boys and the quality of the ground-air coordination. I don't think two airframes written off is even a medium term problem, but the local badboys will see it entirely differently. :evil:
  5. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Hit on the ground? where's the skill in that, eh?

    Now, if they'd hit them in level flight.....
  6. Trouble with that is the locals have an established history of learning un-orthodox ways of dealing with the technology gap between them and their enemies. Ask the Russians!

    Does'nt matter how they did it (in the air, or on the ground) thay still scotched two (or maybe just one) Harriers......
  7. entirely true, in no way should anyone underestimate them. the russians did and look where that got them. same as the americans in vietnam.

    will it be the same in Iraq?? quite probably, an enemy u cant see, very hard to fight :roll:
  8. yep its confirmed one harrier in a bad way the other got off lightly with just a canopy change, these are the reasons i am working this weekend getting 2 jets ready to fly out next week
  9. Well, at least it saves on the decommisoning costs, when are the harriers expected to be phased out completely, but its a good job no one was around though...
  10. gerat proof of the russians underestimation of the Afghan ability is readily availabe on finals to Kabul - simply look down at the mass of wreckage beneath you from the last guys who tried to land...
  11. But they were being supplied by a superpower that time with all the weapons they could use .Slightly diffrent conditions now .
  12. 1 seriously damaged and another less so - and only 6 in theater!

    Nevertheless, a nice bit of positice spin from official sources:-

    Rocket attack on Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan

    A rocket attack hit Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan at 0040hrs local time on Friday 14 October 2005 . There were no casualties.

    The RAF Detachment Commander said, ‘This was an indiscriminate attack and we are fortunate that none of our people has been hurt. This will have no impact on our operational capability and we will continue to be able to support ISAF and coalition ground forces.'

    Notwithstanding the fact that this was an isolated attack on the Airfield, force protection measures are under constant review and appropriate measures will be taken with our US partners to improve security against this type of attack.

  13. 307

    307 War Hero

    Where's the RAF reg. when you need em hey?