About SU-22 Kill over the Persian Gulf
|December 27th, 2005||#1|
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SU-22 Kill over the Persian Gulf info
In late January 1981 two F-14's from Khatami Air Force Base were on combat
patrol over the southwest region of the Persian Gulf. At around noon, Iranian ground
radar picked up a target approximately 100 to 200 feet above sea level in the southern region of the Gulf, moving at a high rate of speed toward Bushehr. The ground radar operator directed the F-14's to the incoming object.
At this time the lead F-14 radar picked up the same aircraft and secured a radar lock on the target. After confirming the target was definitely hostile, and flying at a very low altitude and only a little over 30 miles away, the lead F-14 fired an AIM-54A Phoenix missile. The Phoenix hit the Iraqi SU-22 in the middle of the fuselage, cutting it in half.
Later the Radar Interception Officer in the lead F-14 reported seeing a fireball followed
by an immediate splash down in the ocean, confirming the very low altitude of the Iraqi SU-22. The RIO also observed a second SU-22 at this time, which was not picked up by radar earlier.
However the second SU-22 managed to evade the scene.
Submitted by F-14 RIO
|March 2nd, 2006||#2|
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AIM-54 Phoenix Missile
The AIM-54 Phoenix Long-range air-to-air missile, carried in clusters of up to six missiles on the F-14 Tomcat. The Phoenix missile is the Navy's only long-range air-to-air missile. It is an airborne weapons control system with multiple-target handling capabilities, used to kill multiple air targets with conventional warheads. The weapon system consists of an AIM-54 guided missile, interface system, and a launch aircraft with an AN/AWG-9 weapon control system. The AIM-54 is a radar-guided, air-to-air, long-range missile consisting of a guidance, armament, propulsion, and control section, interconnecting cables, wings and fins. The total weapon system has the capability to launch as many as six AIM-54 missiles simultaneously from the F-14 aircraft against an equal number of targets in all weather and heavy jamming environments.Specifications
Primary FunctionLong-range air-launched air intercept missile ContractorHughes Aircraft Co. and Raytheon Co. Unit Cost$477,131 Power PlantSolid propellant rocket motor built by Hercules Length13 feet (3.9 meters) Weight1000 pounds - AIM-54A
1040 pounds - AIM-54C [various, 1020-1040 pounds]
1023 pounds - AIM-54C ECCM/Sealed Missile Diameter15 inches (38.1 cm) Wing Span3 feet (.9 meters) RangeIn excess of 100 nautical miles (115 statute miles, 184 km) SpeedIn excess of 3,000 mph (4,800 kmph) Guidance SystemSemi-active and active radar homing WarheadsProximity fuse, high explosive Warhead Weight135 pounds (60.75 kg) Date Deployed1974 this is a general description of the pheonix missle it was designed as a long range missle how come they use it at a distance of only 30 miles?i looked up the info on this incident and couldn't find any record of it.Please give info
|April 18th, 2006||#3|
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In my opinion air warfare is so dull and sterile now. Look at that for combat. Killed in a flash by an enemy he probably never knew was there. Oh for the glory days of air combat in the second world war.
|April 19th, 2006||#6|
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F-14 is an interceptor.In With in Visual range combat even the old Su-22 would of cut it to pieces.
"I have merely one thousand men yet I have brought Spain to her knees"
|April 20th, 2006||#7|
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -- Isaiah 6:8
Last edited by AJChenMPH; April 20th, 2006 at 03:55..
|April 20th, 2006||#8|
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The whole audio transcripts of the incident are available on the internet and you are correct LT, they were within visual range. I'll see if I can hunt up the link, its got a bit of profanity but not too bad.
"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." - John Steinbeck
|April 21st, 2006||#9|
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Actually, I'm not sure the audio is available from the Aug. 1981 incident (F-14 vs. Su-22) -- the one everyone keeps linking is the 1989 incident (F-14 vs. MiG-23). Unless you've got something new...?
|April 21st, 2006||#10|
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I think you're right LT but I did find this...
Hence the kills took place at a distance of less than 9 miles, i.e. visual range.