Friday, August 22, 2008

Red Flag 2008 enters "run" phase

From the IAF: The multinational air exercise ‘Exercise Red Flag’ presently underway at Air Force base Nellis, Nevada, USA has today entered its final ‘RUN’ phase following the crawl, walk and run pattern of exercising. The team IAF is participating with eight Su-30s, two IL-78s, an IL-76 and 247 air warriors.

During this phase of the exercise, a present day air campaign is replicated, in which opposition forces or the ‘Aggressors’ F16 and F15s, are the air to air and air to ground threats to the Blue Land and its forces. Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) such as SA2, SA3, SA6 and SA8 along with long and short range quick reaction missiles are always present to neutralize the friendly Blue forces. The Red land always keeps shifting their SAM sites making it difficult for the Blue Forces.

Owing to these facts, the Blue Forces have to typically carry out certain missions, in which they sanities the air space first by removing or eliminating the enemy airfields, destroying the aircraft and SAM sites. These tasks are carried out by ‘Strike Packages’ comprising the Su30s flying along with the US Air Force F15s and F16s, ‘Prowlers’ of US Navy, Rafales of the French Air Force and F15s of the Korean Air Force. Once the Red Air is sanitized the Blue Force strike package goes about its task in which they are assisted by KC-135 and IL-178 tankers, AWACS of USAF and the Compass Call ( a USAF Boeing aircraft used for Electronic Warfare).

An interesting aspect of the Air War between the Red and the Blue forces is that the aggressors use all possible means to gather intelligence from the Blue forces. This they use against the Blue forces in air. Thus it is imperative on part of all the Blue force personnel not to give away any information to unauthorized person as he or she could be a Red Land ‘Spy’.

The success of the missions in these air campaigns is dependent on the situational awareness of all persons involved. Hence the network centric operations are the pivots on which the difference of life and death rests. The main challenge during the exercise for the team IAF has been to adapt to the USAF network and also carry out ‘Stand Alone’ tasks simultaneously. The young IAF pilots (average age late 20s) have done this with amazing dexterity.

Captain Marcus ‘Spike’ Wilson of the USAF Aggressors in his appreciation of the team IAF said “IAF is a world class Air Force with great aircraft and great leadership. It’s a great training opportunity for USAF and IAF to integrate our assets in training environment. We would like to have IAF here as a regular participant”.


Anonymous said...

Livefist goes hitech

J P Joshi said...

Nellis Air Force Base is considered to be the Mecca for fighter pilots around the world. I visited this base in 1989, and witnessed a Red Flag exercise in progress - in the briefing room, on the tarmac, and finally on the full screen projection. It was awesome. I am sure the Su-30 chaps must be having a ball of a time flying with all these other Air Forces. The debriefs today must be even better. You cannot fool the numerous cameras that are installed and the projections that are possible - from the cockpit, from aircraft No. 15 and so on. This would be something they will never forget in their lives. I am confident that they would do well and live upto the IAF motto of 'Touching the sky with Glory'. Happy Landings to you all.

Anonymous said...

Shiv, Did Shiv you shoot this yourself or is this video in some way your own? If not please quote the proper source, and give credit where it's due - ALWAYS!

Anonymous said...

Shiv never gives credit to anyone...has never given.....never acknowledges whoever helps him, calls other people's stuff his own.

Anonymous said...

I know who shot that Video and it wasn't you. You SHOULD at least give credit to the person who posted it on You Tube if you are going to use it. Especially as you seem to represent it as your own.

Anonymous said...

The Copyright on a Youtube video is self-evident, which is why the embed link exists. For a credit, all the person has to do is visit the page it is from. Nowhere has Shiv Aroor said this is his video or pretended that it is his video. So please everyone get a life and talk about the subject. By and large credits are given on this website, and aroor has also given a disclaimer in his about box about contacting him if there are mistakes in copyright.