I am often astonished on what comes out during the research phases of writing a GMJ Novel. As I say to you, research what I state in my books, and you will find the same evidence (and unlike a Democrat I know the difference between evidence and vague accusations). In Code Name Jen, the latest GMJ Book, I had to find out that the scores obtained during Top Gun and Red Flag exercises were modified to reflect better for the US and NATO. This is where simulated Soviet aircraft, or actual ones, flew in ACM (Air Combat Manoeuvres – dogfighting) against US and NATO aircraft, a concept created by a South African fighter jock, Dick Lord, the idea is to create flight envelopes to win such an encounter. As you may imagine, this is serious, the aviators and pilots will meet those aircraft in combat. And yet, the scores were adapted to look better. In the book, which must be read with the other dogfighting book, Code Name Blue Tang, I use a character to underline the research:
… Unless you read GMJ Books, at least the Intelligence Briefing and hopefully Code Name Blue Tang, the missile part of his statement will bother you. Research, you will be surprised. Complacency will kill you. There is no QME anymore for NATO, it is doubted if there ever was and I see it as a US Merchants of Death propaganda stunt to satisfy the American public that, sadly, believe it to be true. I say again, do some research, you will be shocked.
“But how did they cheat, Sir Dennis?” Geelslang asked, fascinated.
He explained as follows, taking the long road. “You may recall that the Grumman F-14 Tomcat had only three claims to fame. First and always, it will be famous for 1986 CIA funded Top Gun movie of Tom Cruise fame. You will also know that the aggressor aircraft at the end of the movie, the black painted aircraft with the red stars on them, they called them MiG-30s or something, were in fact Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs.”
We nodded, we knew that and saw some of the more obvious mistakes in the movie. I always thought that Tom Cruise or his character rather, was a punk, way too immature as a naval aviator and too young for Kelly McGilles. His full length of about 5.7 feet is also much less than impressive in real life. In later years, as my technical knowledge grew, the movie became laughably bad but ageless, somehow (we like the music in it, nevertheless, Angelique).
“The second claim to fame of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the Phoenix BVR missile it carried. Yes, the ‘Beyond Visual Range’ missile never used in combat, not once. The only time that BVR was used in combat, was during the short Ethiopian / Eritrean War, 1998 to 2000, in Africa of all places. They were using Russian aircraft and missiles flown by Pakistanis on contract. I was there also, eh, observing and advising on the side. The problem here is who are you shooting at with those missiles? Unless you know who is who in combat, you cannot launch your own missiles, I will not launch a missile without knowing and risk shooting my own down. That should be damn well logical to anyone. Fighter pilots are not assassins by nature, the Israelis had a mutiny because of ground strikes in 2003 killing unintended civilians. (Yes, 27 F-16 and Blackhawk helicopter pilots signed an open letter stating they will not launch missiles at ground targets where the risk of killing innocents is too great. It caused shockwaves and split the country in two with some saying they are correct and others saying they are traitors. Most were fired on the spot as well they should have been; a military cannot afford such crap ideas. The mutiny came after the home of a Hamas military leader, Salah Shehade, was bombed. The explosion killed him and 14 members of his family, mostly children and many called it murder and assassination, Angelique.) The F-14s tried to overcome this lack of knowledge on who to shoot at, with a built-in telescopic camera lens to identify the enemy at long range, it did not work well, the airframe shook too much for clear vision. So, they could not launch the famed Phoenix missiles and since they could not dogfight for the reasons I mentioned before, they were dead when we closed in unharmed from any BVR missile.” He was saying virtually the same what we heard Amir, the Israeli Air Force fighter ace, say in Code Name Blue Tang. “Yes, if we got past the BVR they relied on, they were dead meat.” Sir Dennis repeated. “Which brings us to their third claim to fame, murder.”
“I know about this, it depends on command and control. If the Air Early Warning (AEW), of which the US has the Boeing E-3 Sentry and Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, can tell you who is where and who is approaching you before you could make visual contact, then only you are able to launch BVR with more confidence. I understand that everything is about AEW when it comes to BVR, the one cannot be without the other, it is that simple. Otherwise you cannot launch first and the approaching aircraft will engage you in a dogfight.” I explained my knowledge gained during Code Name Blue Tang.
“That is entirely correct, and the reason why Spetsnatz will destroy all Sentry aircraft, any AEW aircraft before the war actually kicks off. And if not, cruise missiles loaded with cluster bomb warheads, even tactical nuclear, will get them on their air fields. Not a single US based airbase is protected against cruise missile strikes nor against terrorism as we saw with Red Cell operations (this is where Special Forces “attacks” their own bases, acting as terrorists to test defences, see Code Name Phantom, Angelique). It would be an easy strike and if not, the fighter pilots will go after them ruthlessly, we (I suppose he meant the Soviets, Russians, whoever he was working for) know the threat that they represent and know how to defeat them electronically too, we will jam them from a long distance away. We have BVR missiles too and we have no hesitation in launching them at any aircraft since we know where we are, the rest must be the enemy and if not, tough. And we have better air-to-air missiles than the West, did so since the 1980s, we will win.”
Unless you read GMJ Books, at least the Intelligence Briefing and hopefully Code Name Blue Tang, the missile part of his statement will bother you. Research, you will be surprised. Complacency will kill you. There is no QME anymore for NATO, it is doubted if there ever was and I see it as a US Merchants of Death propaganda stunt to satisfy the American public that, sadly, believe it to be true. I say again, do some research, you will be shocked.
“But how did they cheat, Sir Dennis?” Geelslang asked, fascinated.
“You have to understand something, Geelslang. BVR is not overly hard to defeat if you know that the missiles are coming and you will, your threat receivers will be blaring away. Also, so will your own AEW, they will know and be warning you. You can defeat BVR by jamming or evasive manoeuvres etc. whilst closing in for guns and visual missile launches. That is why the Russian doctrine states, and I say again, that their missiles are as good as if not better than the US missiles, that the BVR missiles will be fired in salvos of two missiles at the same time, targeting the enemy, swamping him. In practice, we will fire a radio-frequency (RF) homing missile and an infrared (IR) ‘heat-seeking’ missile at you and they arrive just about simultaneously. Yet, we can dodge them if we know they are there and so can they, so the main thought is always to close in and if you can reduce the odds with BVR, why not, but as I said, there are many ways to dodge them, dive to the ground, climb towards the sun, jamming pods, shooting them down or simply turn and drop decoy flares. Many ways. The point is what happens when we get close? What if we survive the BVR launches and we will, and get close. You see, the old Phoenix missile argument is still with us to this very day and the latest MiGs and Sukhois are just as good aerodynamically as any NATO fighter, so it comes down to missiles and guns, we have better of both in my view.”
I recalled Angelique trying the same violent manoeuvres during Code Name OST-M when we were not shot down by a BVR missile, punching out decoy flares, turning us upside down (to hide the warm engines and a better view, Angelique) and into the coming missile, accelerating at full military emergency power towards it (giving it the smallest cross section possible, the coldest one too, Angelique) before trying to dive away at the very last second. Sadly, with us already burning because of the prior sabotage, the missile’s proximity fuse got us, exploding when in range, the shrapnel piercing her legs before she turned us the right way up and ejecting me first and then herself to safety. She came very close in dying on me that day, one of the few times I saw her unable to make her body do what she wanted, she seemed puzzled (Foxtrot pulled me bodily into my liferaft, my legs would not move, it was an odd sensation, I was bleeding out, dying, Angelique).
“They cheated, Geelslang, by falsifying the efficiency of their Phoenix BVR missiles, stating that since they got us long before we could get close. Stating that our results when we did get close, did not matter since we were already dead. It was a damn lie.” Sir Dennis was furious, a professional flyer, not impressed with people cooking the books. He angrily waved his hands, back in full fighter pilot mode. “Well, it depends how you look at it. Let me explain like this to you, when the new bunch of trainees arrived, and they came with their entire squadrons, for the first three weeks of the exercise, they would lose every single encounter. They would not listen and tried to engage us one on one, turning and twisting with guns and short range air-to-air missiles. In other words, World War Two tactics as if their Phoenix BVR missiles did not get us.” He stopped talking suddenly, then looked at us. “That part was in fact entirely realistic because the BVR missiles would not have gotten us, you understand? We would have gotten close, one on one and so that was realistic. And once close and spotted, which was another thing they really struggled with, they said we were too small but we were the same size as a MiG-21 when not in an actual MiG-21. They tried to dogfight us because they had no choice and they were young, firebrands, hotshots, patriotic, good lads but full of themselves. They had no real combat experience since Vietnam.” He suddenly broke into a wide grin, mischievous almost, a very likeable man. “They lost every single one of such engagements. They were hopelessly outclassed and totally demoralised, not even trying hard at the end. They realised that it was physically impossible, eh, like matching a Ford 4x4 truck against a Ferrari on a Formula One track. So much so that we started losing deliberately, which takes great skill and confidence, to build them up again. They would then, if they kept in the flight envelope we told them, the only known one that they could fly to win, they would get a 2:1 advantage, never better than that. So much so for the myth of 15:1 they spread around of them winning. You may be sure, I told my handlers the truth and demonstrated it to them when they did not believe me! Yes, I flew for both sides, I was the best aggressor pilot for both the Warsaw Pact and NATO…. “Undoubtedly I am the only man ever to have done that. Because of me and your Kukri helmet aiming system, we would have defeated NATO Air Forces if they ever attacked us. Yes, we knew exactly what to do and what to expect because of me.” He started laughing softly at the idea. “Do you know, Mrs Dawson, we purposely never told our Arab clients how to defeat the Jews with our aircraft. The Soviet pilots helping them were never trained by our aggressor schools on purpose. We kept the maskirovka alive, that NATO have air superiority and leading us in technology too. That was probably our greatest achievement then and today.”
He sounded proud and why not, it was one hell of a feat and unique in spying, no wonder Angelique admired him so much as one penetration agent to another. I got what he just said, it meant that for the first three weeks of any conventional war or until the pilots learned to listen to good advice, they would have been shot from the sky. The problem is this, how many would have survived that first three weeks, especially with their less than perfect ejection seats and a Red Army overrunning Europe, and thus ejecting into enemy territory behind enemy lines? That was the very reason for Top Gun and Red Flag training, to get past the first three weeks and now, to boost morale, it turned out the Pentagon lied, once again, on results obtained and for what? As Sir Dennis asked, the practical consequences would have been what they were at Miramar and Nellis AFB. I am afraid the words “dereliction of duty” do not give justice here, this was treachery of the worst kind in not facing the truth and doing something about it, falsifying statistics and reports are not the answer, better training is. As Sir Dennis said, once they kept to the envelopes and tactics known to work, they marginally, 2:1 started winning, still a pathetic ratio, it means that for every 3 sorties 1 one would be shot down. I must ask, what else was the US Military lying about and is lying about right now? Time will tell. If American and reading here, the above should annoy you since you cannot and will not win a conventional war without air superiority, something we took for granted during those times.
History is repeating, that is even worse. In Vietnam, the original McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II did not have an internal cannon because air-to-air missiles would do the trick according to the US Merchants of Death, well, they did not (incredibly, the kill rate of such missiles in the 1960s and 1970s was approximately 8% to 10% in real life, today they are at 60% and higher, 90% plus, for the South African designed short range DENEL V3E Darter and European IRIS-T, Angelique). Now the US Merchants of Death are saying that the stealth fighters, the Lockheed F-22 and F-35, will never have to dogfight because they are stealthy and anyway, BVR will get the enemy long before they come close, no problem (the BVR missiles they are talking about has a 60% chance of a hit, that is under optimal conditions, they will miss 40% of the time, in real life, who knows, Angelique). Yet, Lockheed then hurriedly and at terrible cost overruns, added the GAU-22/A 25 mm gun on the new fighter jets, taken from the Marine’s British designed and built Harrier jets. That is after the stealth fighter came off second best against a 20-year-old F-16B and people like Pierre Sprey and other top rated fighter pilots started speaking out, only to be shouted down. And we know, I write and warn about this often in GMJ Books, that stealth does not work, not against the human eyeball nor against cutting-edge radars that came to the fore with the advances in computers (see Code Name Lucy where we explained what the Chinese Navy as well as Chinese AWACS will do with Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor / F-35 at a distance of more than 200 miles, Angelique). This is as good an argument as to take away the infantry’s assault rifles because mortars and artillery will get the enemy before they come close, stupid argument is it not? Ridiculous even. What if the mortars and artillery do not get them? What then? Another Vietnam Era cannon less Phantom II fiasco is approaching or perhaps will be prevented, only the future will tell.
What Sir Dennis also revealed now was that the Soviets knew exactly the West’s fighter tactics and flew their own envelopes to defeat them, after all, they got 41 complete, flying, Northrop F-5E Tiger II jets from South Vietnam to play with, after the 1975 surrender (they almost got the McDonnel Douglas Phantom II also, by a miracle the airframe was not given the South Vietnamese Air Force despite them asking for it, numerous times, Angelique). Having aggressor squadrons training against your own aircraft is not, repeat not, unique to the US and NATO. The Chinese Air Force, by far the most powerful Air Force in the world currently, yes, more so than the USAF, each fighter jock flying on average between 160 and 180 hours a month training against the 4 hours a month in the US version, has a Flight Test and Training Centre (FTTC) at Cangzhou. There they have three regiments of aggressor aircraft, all with the same in flight attributes as the US F-16 and F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. Do you think that is by chance? If so, kindly note how I describe the Chinese Military in GMJ Books, working systematically towards their goals, it is frightening and then read again what I said about the BRICS Pact in the Intelligence Briefing, as always, I invite you to research my facts. Historically, the Soviets had several aggressor squadrons operating with US made equipment and the Russians carried on, honing their skills. We should realise that even our enemies can be good, pro-active and waiting, observing. Victory is never assured and complacency will kill you in war. I sometimes wish that the numerous Internet armchair generals and not so honourable Members of Congress would read my books and wake up to the reality that I describe at great risk to myself. Especially a senator called John McCain will do well to read GMJ and stop his warmongering talk unless he wants to be shot down again. He is long past his expiry date and is now undoing many years of good and honourable service, stuck in the Soviet Union-is-the-Enemy past and unable to grab modern technology. … (Taken from Code Name Jen, GMJ 32).
I don’t write books to insult anyone, but I do highlight what is known or what should be known by the public in order for changes to take place. Code Name Jen is available online, a good story, and it reveals other interesting facts too. If you cannot afford my books, contact me, I will help you within reason. Three are available for download free of charge anyway.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations in sub-Saharan Africa, a military historian and published author of more than 50 books. In the GMJ Series, you will learn about Covert Operations, Special Forces techniques, current political analyses and military history not known outside the select few. Every GMJ Book is based on historical fact and often what is revealed in a GMJ Book is published by the mainstream media a short while later. Many of the GMJ Books are used as training material by Police Forces (SWAT) across the world. Note please that GMJ does not claim to have served in South African Army or Police Special Forces.