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    Poetic Justice

    Iran looses its one and only AWACS plane. It collided with US-made F-5E and crashed into an Islamic monument.

    DEBKAfile - Iran loses its only AWACS as Ahmadinejad threatens the world

    Up above a big military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as Iranian president declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for coordinating long-distance aerial operations, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources disclose.

    The proud military parade, which included a march-past, a line of Shehab-3 missiles and an air force fly-past, was planned to give Ahmadinejad a dazzling send-off for New York and add steel to his UN Assembly speech Wednesday.

    Dubbed "Simorgh" (a flying creature of Iranian fable which performs wonders in mid-flight), the AWACS' appearance, escorted by fighter jets, was to have been the climax for the Iranian Air force's fly-past over the parade. Instead, it collided with one of escorting planes, a US-made F-5E, and both crashed to the ground in flames. All seven crewmen were killed.

    Eye witnesses reported that the flaming planes landed on the mausoleum burial site of the Islamic revolution's founder Ruhollah Khomeini, a national shrine. According to Western observers, no distress signals came from either cockpit indicating that the collision and explosions were sudden and fast.

    DEBKAfile's military sources say the disaster was a serious blow to the Iranian Air Force not long after its first and only AWACS went into service in April 2008. It was a renovated version of the Russian Ilyushin 76, part of Saddam Hussein's air force before it was transferred to Iran in 1991 during the first Gulf War.

    Tehran hired Russian technicians to carry out renovations and install up-to-date radar. At the launching ceremony of the upgraded AWACS, Air Force commander Brig. Gen. Ahmad Miqani boasted its new radar systems were made in Iran and able to spot any airplane or missile at a distance of 1,000 kilometers from Iran's borders.

    The loss of this airborne control system has left Iran's air force and air and missile defenses without "electronic eyes" for surveillance of the skies around its borders.

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    Darn that really is tooooooo bad.

    The Cleric's must be worried. Looks like an omen that it landed on the Tomb of Ruhollah Khomeini. Bad ju ju.

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    Too bad it wasnt carrying an armed nuke.
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    Sadly my violin is in the shop. On a bright note our Prime Minister ordered our ambassdor to leave the moment AJ was invited to speak. It's nice to have a PM that has a set of big brass shiny ones.

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    The best thing that could happen to Iran
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    Flying with F-5's? I would hope that's their air force. Those things are so old...
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    Man, that is some sweet Karma right there.

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    They have to scavenge parts to fly what few airworthy US aircraft are left after the revolution,how can you screw up a flyover? Now they don't have 1000 KM headsup to get out of dodge when Israeli F16s jump them
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    AWACS being used as a CQB platform? No wonder it's a burning heap, now.

    Heads are gonna roll. Probably, quite literally.

    My read: they'll be even more prone to knee-jerk reactions in response to any hint of abuse of their air space.

    Extreme caution should be applied anywhere near Iranian airspace for the next year or so, until they get comfortable with the change in visibility. If not handled properly, this could be mishandled and roll into a prelude to something much uglier, much larger.

    You've got to wonder, though, whether the situation was created with a little "push" from technology in some manner. I mean, nothing would benefit a near-future strike more than to have this AWACS plane erased now. Things might well be heating up badly, and we just don't know it yet. Hm.
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    For all we know it could have been knocked out by an "accidental" laser pulse from a satelitte and it took out the plane beside it when it got fried.

    And it landing on Khomeni's grave? What are the odds of that? I'd say it was an excellent shot.
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    That truly is poetic justice. Two down......
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Too bad it wasnt carrying an armed nuke.
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    Darn the bad luck
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