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RAF Aircraft Missing

Sun Mar 23, 2003 3:38 pm

Sky news, CNN and Fox News are reporting that an RAF aircraft returning from a mission is missing.

[Edited 2003-03-23 07:42:19]
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RE: RAF Aircraft Missing

Sun Mar 23, 2003 5:49 pm

It appears that it may have been hit by a US Patriot missile.
If so, very concerning, you expect this sort of thing in the heat of battle, but it seems this aircraft was returning from a mission, the Patriots being based in Kuwait.
Several things come to mind, a communications foul up, or the dangers of a heavily automated system like Patriot, or maybe the UK MoD's negligence of procuring a new IFF system coming home to roost.
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RE: RAF Aircraft Missing

Sun Mar 23, 2003 6:39 pm

A reporter in Kuwait City said that the Patriot crews were under big pressure because of their horrible rate against the Iraqi missiles: They took only 2 out of 16 down.

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