интересная статья про детали сбития иранского дрона штатовским Ф-15 восьмого июня.
Air Force Lt. Col. Jeremy Renken’s downing of an armed UAV over Syria in June signaled pro-regime forces that the U.S. will not fail to act in self defense. // aviationweek.com
первый момент -
дрон на самом деле атаковал ракетой именно "силы коалиции"? Или это были бармалеи под американским прикрытием?
It had been an excruciating 90 min. since Renken had first spotted the Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone orbiting over coalition ground forces on the morning of June 8.
Второй момент - это постоянная связь по одновременно трем каналам (я думал, в одно время мониторят только одну частоту, а не три) -
- с наземными силами
- с центром управления и контроля
И наличие танкера, к которому после 30 минут наблюдения пара иглов подлетела дозаправиться
Renken and his wingman surveilled the drone for about 30 min., while simultaneously monitoring coalition ground forces and the command-and-control center over the Strike Eagle’s three radios. But the two fighters were running low on fuel, so they flew to a nearby aerial refueling tanker to gas up.
Minutes later, the ground forces radioed in, saying they had been shot at. A missile had landed near one of their vehicles but had not detonated.
It seemed clear the missile had come from the Shahed 129, but Renken and his wingman dashed back to the area to make sure.
“We did another pass close by the drone and, lo and behold, one of the missiles is gone,” Renken says. “At that point, we pretty much had him red-handed.”
Далее вместо приказа уничтожить - пытались РЭБом сбить, но нифига не вышло. То есть, иранские достижения в электронике как минимум достойны внимания
Another aircraft in the area would attempt to deter the drone using “nonkinetic effects”—likely some kind of electronic jamming.
At first, this strategy seemed to work. After just a few minutes, the drone headed in a different direction. “Those were a tense 2 min.,” Renken recalls.
But the UAV’s retreat did not last. After another 30 min., it turned back toward the coalition forces, a move Renken took as a clear sign of lethal intent.
Следующий момент - присутствие в районе сушек. Точнее, настолько рядом, что были видны опознавательные знаки. Возникает вопрос: они осуществляли воздушное прикрытие операции? Наверняка же не "случайно оказались рядом в конфиге воздух-воздух"
But still, Renken could not shoot. He could see two Su-27 Flankers to the north, within range, close enough that he could see their Russian insignia. Renken was concerned the Russian pilots could mistake a shot at the drone for a shot at them.
“We were positive that they were air-to-air-missile configured,” he says. “If they wanted to tangle, they were pretty capable.”
Renken waited a few minutes as the UAV flew south, away from the Flankers. Then he maneuvered his Strike Eagle to the west of the drone, positioning for a shot that would not pose a threat to the Russian fighters.
At 9:08 a.m., Renken launched his AIM-120C advanced medium air-to-air missile (Amraam) and scored a direct hit, sending the drone crashing to the ground.
Собсно вопрос, какое это прикрытие тогда, если не защищают?
после вот такого слива, получается, сша еще дважды сбивали, будучи уверенны в безнаказанности, пока сирийцы не перестали прикрывать операции с неба?
Renken’s downing of the Shahed 129, likely operated by pro-Syrian regime forces, was the first in a series of defensive U.S. air-to-air kills over Syria in June. In the weeks following the June 8 incident, U.S. pilots would destroy another Iranian drone operated by pro-regime forces, as well as a manned Syrian Su-22 fighter. “June was a pretty tense month,” Renken says. The Syrians “kind of came out and tested us.”
But by the end of the month, the pro-regime forces seemed to have gotten the message that the U.S. fighter pilots were not messing around. “If we had to do that and it bought us some freedom of maneuver, [if] it bought [their] respecting some of the deconfliction arrangements, ultimately I think that is going to protect more people,” Renken says.
The Air Force seemed to take that lesson to heart. Just days later, on June 20, another F-15 crew spotted a threatening drone over Syria. The crew intercepted the drone and shot it down within minutes.
“I can tell you for a fact that we improved the system,” Renken says. “Based on the precedent of the Syrians demonstrating a willingness to use that, they were able to [self-defend] before that thing was ever close enough to shoot.”