RAF Typhoons patrol Libyan no-fly zone

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
RAF Typhoons flew their first ever combat mission yesterday while patrolling the no-fly zone over Libya in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

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#2
At last!

A chance to justify their existence. They must have been jumping for joy when this kicked off.

Just like all the 5 star hotels in southern Italy must have been rubbing their hands in glee with the opportunity for off season trade.

Let's see ... 3 x Type Hoon and 3 x Tornado = 3000 crabs!
 
#3
In all seriousness though. I wish them safe flights.
 
#4
At last!

A chance to justify their existence. They must have been jumping for joy when this kicked off.

Just like all the 5 star hotels in southern Italy must have been rubbing their hands in glee with the opportunity for off season trade.

Let's see ... 3 x Type Hoon and 3 x Tornado = 3000 crabs!

That would be pathetic even in the Naafi Bar. ^_~
 
#5
Never waste an opportunity to wind the crabs up ;-)
 
#11
The operation is being commanded by an Air Vice Marshall (presumably based in Northwood) with a Gp Capt on the 'ground' in Italy.

For 13 aircraft.

And they wonder why everyone thinks the RAF is over-manned.
 
#12
The operation is being commanded by an Air Vice Marshall (presumably based in Northwood) with a Gp Capt on the 'ground' in Italy.

For 13 aircraft.

And they wonder why everyone thinks the RAF is over-manned.
Arnt all conflicts commanded by a vice marshall on the air side? You'd need a station commander type for media coverage, it's part of there job.
 
#13
The Tornados and TLAMs have done away with the Libyan Airforce.

There isn't anything left to fly in the no fly zone. You could patrol the f*cker in microlights. The Battle of Britain memorial flight could now patrol Libyan airspace. The Red Arrows could patrol it in lovely tight formation and justify their existence.

The Crabs aren't policing a no fly zone; they're trying to shape SDSR.
 
#14
And "what's the Army doing?"

I don't know - go and ask in Selly Oak.
 
#15
The Tornados and TLAMs have done away with the Libyan Airforce.

There isn't anything left to fly in the no fly zone. You could patrol the f*cker in microlights. The Battle of Britain memorial flight could now patrol Libyan airspace. The Red Arrows could patrol it in lovely tight formation and justify their existence.

The Crabs aren't policing a no fly zone; they're trying to shape SDSR.
So we created a zone where Lybia cant fly..... thats pretty much a policed zone to me. If we're just there to create an image for future investment, why are the yanks and frogs bothering?
 
#17
Just saying that about 6 stunningly expensive cabs which can only do air-to-air, not CSA or interdiction, flying around looking for aircraft we bombed on the ground doesn't justify having 200 odd of the bastards.

You could patrol it with Hawks.

Since WW2 the RAF have only shot down 2 aircraft: and they both belonged to the RAF. Statistically the greatest threat to a Typhoon over Tripoli is his wingman.

The clear lesson here is that interdiction and CAS are where it's at, wire the requirement for a small bit of interceptor stuff as a contingency.

Si what do we do? Spunk the whole budget on 200-odd interceptors with no CAS capability. In the Army we're already mothballing armour as out of date and the last time we used tanks against ranks was just 2003. The last time the RAF had "dogfights" was 1945, yet they're still taking delivery of tranche after tranche of interceptors. I know this is largely die to contractual messes, but it's nothing to be proud of.

In essence the old cabs (tornado) had won the war before the flash, high cost cabs even got there.
 
#18
Apologies for the scattergun spelling in the last post, bit fingers too fat for iPhone, autocorrect to presumptuous and the ARRSE app won't let me edit.

Wire = with
Ranks = tanks
Si = so

Etc...
 
#19
Oh **** it.
 
#20
We meant what you knew :)
 

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