Code Name Blue Tang is a startling book according to many including myself that could not believe what my research told me. For instance, the buzz words for the F-22 / F35 Programs is “BVR” or “Beyond Visual Range Missile Technology” - a dead-end street but one that is promoted by every “expert” you know about. We looked at history, BVR was used in war, in Africa of all places and discussed it, BVR is not rated as worth much but you can read why yourself. What shocked me more was that NATO never had air superiority in the 1980s because of stolen South African technology, the Kukri Helmet Aiming System, a system that introduced the look down / shoot down concept to air warfare. Without air superiority, you will lose any war, it is that simple and that crucial and NATO never had it although we certainly believed the myth. I had to wonder about the lies I once believed regarding the superiority of NATO weapon systems. What came out changed the way that many thought, me also, and directly lead to a later book, American Military Might – Debunked, where the QME or Qualitative Military Edge Doctrine so beloved by NATO is debunked as a myth. But even that was not the worse, I then realised that the intelligence intercepted and gathered at South African Missile Testing Ranges used by NATO Air Forces, are spread around the BRICS Nations including Russia and China. Then we discovered that the SAAF perfected a technique in using high flying stealthy drones in conjunction with multi role fighters as AEW (Air Early Warning). It is unashamedly a technical book. We look at the airborne gunnery systems, the 20mm caliber of the F-18 Super Hornet against the JAS 39 Gripen 27mm Mauser as well as John Boyd and Thomas Christie’s Energy-Manoeuvrability Theory (E-M Theory) of aerial combat. We saw how the F-16 and F-18 came to being against all what the Pentagon wanted and thank God for that. All wars start with air superiority, that starts here with SAAF Gripen JAS 39s taking on the US Navy’s F-18 Super Hornets. Who will win such a dogfight? We know the answer because of what happened at the Overberg Missile Testing Range in 2009. I realised once again that we should not underestimate what we don’t know. Lao Tzu, the Art of War, said: “There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.” It is as true today as it was when first written. South Africa is not a normal “African” country and currently leading the world with SRAAM technology in the Denel Dynamics V3E Agile Darter. A missile that is sold to your enemies if you are American. It is by any account the best SRAAM in the world, better than anything that the US or NATO can produce and the use of it described in Code Name Blue Tang.
Description: Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson, invites her bodyguard and later husband and soul, Major Geoffrey Foxtrot, a former Special Forces Company Commander, to accompany her on a flying holiday but all is not as it seems. As she is flying down south towards Cape Town her aircraft malfunctions and she has to conduct an emergency landing. An attempted assassination? Most probably, peace is not her occupation and she is playing high stakes games. She is soon involved setting up a dogfight between Spanish Air Force F-18 Hornets and the new South African Air Force SAAB JAS 39 Gripen multi role fighter jets to test the Denel V3E Agile Darter short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM). Mossad, the Israeli Agency, appear on the scene as well as MI6 in the form of Sir John McElroy, Foxtrot’s sworn enemy. All are interested in the dogfight for their own reasons and someone is trying to murder Angelique Dawson. We also discuss the history of the SAAF Mirage F1 in Angola. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. This is Book 15 of the popular GMJ Series.