Yesterday I carried a story on a crash between a French Air Force
Mirage and a Royal Saudi Air Force F-15. The story confirmed
that the Saudi pilot and the two French pilots were safe.
Little additional information was available. Today, I am able
to report that the two-seat Mirage was in fact either a French Air
Force Mirage 2000-D or a 2000-N. Both aircraft, in their
later variants are virtually identical and are used for the
long-range nuclear strike role by the French Air Force.
This begs the question, is NATO preparing to 'go nuclear' in the
coming General Middle East War against Iran and Syria? There
are hundreds of allied fighter-bombers available in the Middle East
that can hit targets in Iran and Syria. Why bring in the
specialized long-range nuclear capable Mirages?
Currently, within the last week or so, the following battle forces
have been assembled by NATO in the Middle East. A
massive war armada is sitting just south of the Strait of Hormuz, it
consists of THREE US Navy super-carrier battle groups: the USS Carl
Vinson; the USS John C. Stennis; and the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Each battle group generally has four or five Ageis air defense
cruisers and destroyers, and usually one to three other destroyers
and/or frigates, plus a large support ship and one or two
hunter-killer nuclear submarines.
Additionally, there are up to three other large flat-tops, US Navy
assault carriers and their battle groups. These include the
USS Makin Island with its USMC Harriers and various Marine attack
and assault helicopters. The Makin Island has the capability to off
load Marine amphibious assault crafts and its battle group is
accompanied by the USS New Orleans and the USS Pearl Harbor, both
very powerful assault ships capable of launching large numbers of
Marine amphibious crafts.
Additionally, the French Navy has brought in its top-of-the-line
nuclear carrier the Charles DeGaulle with its battle group.
The British Royal Navy has added to its local fleet its most
powerful warship the Type 45 Air Defense Destroyer the HMS
Daring. The combination of the French carrier and the US
super-carriers means that fully one-third of all the nuclear powered
aircraft carriers on Earth are now assembled near the Strait of
In addition to all of this, the US Army has rushed into Kuwait THREE
combat brigades. Two are powerful mechanized brigades (one
from the First Calvary Division; the other from the MN National
Guard) and the third is a Army aviation brigade with its vast
numbers of attack and assault helicopters.
Thousands of USAF troops were airlifted into Israel along with the
most advanced anti-missile technology that America has over the last
Both Russia and China have been very vocal in opposing any new war
in the Middle East. However, Russian
warnings have been very clear, stating that any attack on
Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow. To make this
point crystal clear, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces have
suddenly begun a 'High Alert Drill' according to RiaNovosti this
"drill" involves the latest and most dangerous nuclear armed Russian
Strategic Missile Forces are holding a series of exercises to
practice putting road-mobile missile systems on high alert, SMF
spokesman Col. Vadim Koval said.
The exercises involve Topol (SS-25 Sikle), Topol-M (SS-27 Sickle B)
and Yars (RS-24) mobile systems stationed in central Russia and
“SMF units armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars road-mobile missile
systems will practice patrolling, camouflaging and launch
preparation procedures during high alert drills from January 16 to
February 3,” Koval told reporters on Monday.]
While the world's attention is on the GOP Presidential race and the
Eurozone crisis war clouds are gathering in the Middle East and the
entire planet is at risk. A risk that is greater than
that it faced almost half a century ago with the Cuban Missile
Tim Earl of Stirling
Links crash stories and Mirage 2000-N/D:
Saudi pilots eject after mid-air
Mirage 2000 and ...
Dassault Mirage 2000N/2000D