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I like this pilot!

 

Aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian airspace.

A pilot overheard this conversation on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz

while flying from Europe to Dubai . Read below....

 

The conversation...

 

Iranian Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'

 

U.S. Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'

Iranian Air Defense Radar: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'

 

U.S. Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up. I'll wait!'

 

Iranian Air Defense Radar: (no response ... )

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Early U.S. Air Force revealed that one of its fighters had shot down an Iranian Ababil UAV over Iraq.

 

Coalition jet fighters shot down an Iranian drone that was hovering over Iraq late April, Multinational Force Iraq officials confirmed today.

 

The incident occurred Feb. 25, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, officials said in a statement.

 

Two coalition aircraft were directed to visually identify the unmanned aerial vehicle after it was detected hovering inside the Iraqi border. The pilots confirmed that it wasn’t a coalition aircraft and that no collateral damage would result from a shoot-down.

 

Coalition air forces tracked the UAV for nearly one hour and 10 minutes before the pilots engaged and shot it down "well inside Iraqi airspace," officials said.

 

Officials said they believe the drone to be an Iranian-made Ababil 3 model UAV. Iran has developed a number of variants, including the tactical Ababil-5 for medium-range reconnaissance and surveillance, the Ababil-T for short/medium-range attack, and also the Ababil-B and -S.

 

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and military leaders have long accused Iran of interference in Iraq. Iran poses “a real problem,” Gates said on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley Show” March 11.

 

“I think it’s one of the significant challenges that we’re going to face over the next several years,” he said.

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In the future this is going to be quite overwhelming. I think the Department of Defense needs to develop a gun to take down drones and missles that are smart, fast, quick, and will get cheaper to produce.

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