Re: Iraq shoot down Predator

Message posted by gary on December 23, 2002 at 20:32:53 PST:

Official Predator "loss" report follows. The local news commented that Iraqi radar has improved because they now managed to shoot down some US aircraft. One can only guess they don't know how slow the Predator flies. ;-)

Incidentally, the blurb about the no-fly zones being UN sanctioned is not true, though they are a good idea.

Predator UAV missing in Iraq
12/23/02 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- A U.S. Predator unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. EST Dec. 23 in southern Iraq after being fired upon by Iraqi military aircraft.

Officials with the U.S. Central Command believe the Predator is lost.

The Predator is one of many systems used for reconnaissance and surveillance to monitor Iraqi compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions, said USCENTCOM officials.

In 2002, the Iraqi regime has fired at coalition aircraft nearly 500 times, said officials.

Attached link: usaf news

In Reply to: Iraq shoot down Predator posted by Fraenky on December 23, 2002 at 10:31:52 PST:


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