Turning loose a MiG-25 on a group of aircraft flying grid is devastating to that formation. Viewed from my position as someone who is not an expert in war, the US jets were flying a grid over an area of Iraq looking down. It sounds like the MiG went through a minefield getting there, but there he was.
Fox bat is quite an accurate description of the MiG, It’s a fox on the ground, but a bat in the air. But it was about to slice open the gut of the squadron of jets. Perhaps it should have been called a wolf.
So maybe they should have sent their own “wolf” in first to rip off the head of any MiGs that cleared the minefield? Or maybe they did? I mean, there is still part of the picture missing. As a non expert, I would have to ask: what did our air controllers see, or perhaps more importantly, what couldn’t they see?
After the initial engagement, it seems The MiG had targets everywhere, and a ground control still functioning. Most likely their aircontrol had jamming capabilities. It is very big in China’s strategy, so perhaps in 1991, Saddam had that capability. I don’t know, I am not a military person, or as they are sometimes called, historian.
As for a knife, the MiG had headhunting missiles. I am not sure what they are, but my guess they are attracted to all that electronic function of the mission, radiating mainly from the cockpit. So all the jets still on their mission had bullseye hanging around their necks.
After shutting down his afterburner, it is a wonder the wolf didn’t fire all his missiles at all of the targets. Again, not an expert, but it seems to me like the strategy of a MiG is to hit the area of conflict at the greatest speed to become almost invisible, and let the fox takeover.
But it doesn’t sound like, back at the base, anyone really cared what happened to the bat. Perhaps they saw the one line of jets as one jet that never left the area, except under its own power, so ho hum? An orientation lock on the Iraqis?
I wonder what happened to the fox? I mean mines strued across one of two runways, and the pilots gathered around exchanging stories the next morning? Very surrealistic for me to visualize.
I guess that is what they mean about the fog of war. It is the boring part of war.