The RoE was written by the USAF to cater for the most capable Offensive Counter Air (OCA) fighter available: USAF F-15Cs. These took the vast majority of the overland OCA and package sweeps which is where nearly all Iraqi fighter opposition was encountered.As a young lad around Desert Storm always wondered why F3 crews never got any action as In air to air kills?
As a result, F-15Es, F-16s and FA-18s were primarily used for strike, SEAD and CAS and F-14s and Tornado F3s were held further back for defensive Counter Air (DCA). However, a pair of FA-18s killed 2 x Fishbeds during a strike mission and a F-14 killed an Mi-8 later in the conflict.
The nearest RAF F3s got was when they were committed onto a pair of Iraqi Mirage F1s flying an ASuW sortie in the Northern Gulf. They were on the point of engaging with Skyflash when they were hauled off (for political reasons) to allow a pair of Saudi F-15Cs to engage. The RAF crews then had to watch with some considerable frustration as the Saudi pilots screwed up the geometry, couldn't engage BVR and had to convert into an AIM-9L shot.
For similar reasons, F-15Cs were also allocated the primary OCA tasks during ALLIED FORCE.
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