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U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

 
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U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran
The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

The fighters join a growing naval armada that includes Navy carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers plus patrol boats and minesweepers enhanced with the latest close-in weaponry.

It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq Boeing-made F-15Cs flew air patrols from Saudi Arabia, but the Iraqi air force put up no resistance and the Eagle squadrons soon departed. For the next nine years Air Force deployments to the Middle East were handled by ground-attack planes such as A-10s, F-16s and twin-seat F-15E Strike Eagles.

The 1980s-vintage F-15Cs, plagued by structural problems, stayed home in the U.S. and Japan. The brand-new F-22s, built by Lockheed Martin, suffered their own mechanical and safety problems. When they ventured from their home bases in Virginia, Alaska and New Mexico, it was only for short training exercises over the Pacific. The F-15Cs and F-22s sat out last year’s Libya war.

The Air Force fixed the F-15s and partially patched up the F-22s just in time for the escalating stand-off over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. In March the Air Force deployed the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing, flying 20 standard F-15Cs, to an “undisclosed” air base in Southwest Asia — probably either Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates or Al Udeid in Qatar. The highly-experienced Massachusetts Guardsmen, who typically have several years more experience than their active-duty counterparts, would be ready “should Iran test the 104th,” said wing commander Col. Robert Brooks.

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Re: U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran
Israeli says Iran nuclear weapon unlikely

Published: April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's armed forces said in an interview published Wednesday he doesn't think Iran will develop a nuclear weapon.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz Iran "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

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Re: U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran
Israeli says Iran nuclear weapon unlikely

Published: April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's armed forces said in an interview published Wednesday he doesn't think Iran will develop a nuclear weapon.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz Iran "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

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Once the joke that is the Iranian airforce is completely wiped refit all Nato/US airplanes with carpet bombs and criss-cross Iran
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Re: U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran
Israeli says Iran nuclear weapon unlikely

Published: April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- The chief of Israel's armed forces said in an interview published Wednesday he doesn't think Iran will develop a nuclear weapon.

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz Iran "is going step by step to the place where it will be able to decide whether to manufacture a nuclear bomb. It hasn't yet decided whether to go the extra mile."

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15147819


Once the joke that is the Iranian airforce is completely wiped refit all Nato/US airplanes with carpet bombs and criss-cross Iran
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Yeah but what if the stealth-Jet Armada flew to the Gulf one way? It is easy to underestimate Iranians, Russians and Chinese. Isn't it?

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