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Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:30 am

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A Swedish civilian aircraft was almost hit by a shot from a Czech Jas fighter plane near the Vidsel base in Norbotten, northern Sweden, it has been revealed.
The shot from the fighter plane passed just 15 metres from the other plane.
"It was a serious incident," said Ulf Lindström, spokesman at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV).
The Czech airforce rents a number of Jas Gripen planes from Sweden.
As part of the Czech airforce's training they take part in exercises in Norbotten. One of these is shooting at a moving target. This is towed at the end of a 600 metre long steel cable behind a Swedish civilian plane, a Learjet 35.
On Wednesday something went wrong.
"For some reason he didn't lock onto the target but onto something in the vicinity of the plane. It was very close," said Ulf Lundström.
If the shot from the fighter plane had hit the Learjet, it could have been shot down. The crew onboard realised what had happened and the misdirected shot was also seen on the videotape of the exercise - which was immediately stopped.


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RE: Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:24 am

So was this a bad shot, or an unreliable lock on? Either way, it was still a miss. It is very similar to being almost pregnant.
 
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RE: Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:56 am

According to this Czech Article, the Lear was towing two targets, one about 500 meters behind and a second about 50 meters behind. The Gripen pilot mistakenly shot at the target closest to the tow aircraft.

Czech Gripens and L-159s were in Sweden to perform live air-to-air cannon and Sidewinder firing.
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RE: Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:59 am

Quoting Vzlet (Reply 2):
According to this Czech Article, the Lear was towing two targets, one about 500 meters behind and a second about 50 meters behind. The Gripen pilot mistakenly shot at the target closest to the tow aircraft.

Even assuming the target being towed at 50 meters was a standby unit, to be utilized if the primary target was lost or extensively damaged, it doesn't make sense to tow a target that close to the tow aircraft. Either retract it completely or deploy it a lot farther out. The problem here seems to be a matter of procedural error on the part of the tug crew or on the part of the mission planners. Or it could be a mechanical problem and the 2nd target couldn't be deployed farther out than it was. More information please?
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RE: Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:42 am

The company responsible for the towing (Nyge Aero),well known for this type of mission,are letting us know that a investigation has started. According to the company,the pilots where never in any danger.....?
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RE: Fighter Almost Shoots Down Learjet

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:46 pm

Quoting Columba (Thread starter):
For some reason he didn't lock onto the target but onto something in the vicinity of the plane.

The MK1 lockon huh?
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