The Intelligence Gathering Effort at South African
Missile Test Ranges
457 pages in paperback
Code Name Blue Tang is a startling book according to many, including myself. I was astounded at what my research revealed.
For example, the buzz words for the F-22 / F35 Programs is “BVR” or “Beyond Visual Range Missile Technology” which is a dead-end street but one that is promoted by every “expert” you hear about. Let’s look at history; BVR was used in war, in Africa of all places and we will discuss this. BVR is not rated as worth much and you will read why.
What shocked me was that NATO never had air superiority in the 1980s because of a 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. NATO never had it.
I began to wonder about the lies, I once believed in, regarding the superiority of NATO weapon systems. What emerged changed the way that I thought and lead me to write, American Military Might – Debunked, where the QME or Qualitative Military Edge Doctrine is debunked as a myth. But even that was not the worst as I then realised that the intelligence intercepted and gathered at South African Missile Testing Ranges, used by NATO Air Forces, are being spread around the BRICS Nations, including Russia and China.
Then it was discovered that the SAAF perfected a technique by using high flying stealthy drones in conjunction with multi role fighters as AEW (Air Early Warning).
This is a technical book. It looks 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 reveal how the F-16 and F-18 came into being against everything the Pentagon wanted, thank God for that. All wars start with air superiority, and here, we will simulate an SAAF Gripen JAS 39s taking on the US Navy’s F-18 Super Hornets. Who will win such a dogfight? Find out for yourself. Although the answer can be traced to 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, in 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, if you are American, is sold to your enemies. It is by all accounts 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.
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 always playing a high stakes game.
Angelique is soon involved in setting up a dogfight between the Spanish Air Force F-18 Hornets and the new South African Air Force SAAB JAS 39 Gripen multi role fighter jets, in order to test the Denel V3E Agile Darter short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM). Mossad, the Israeli Agency, appears on the scene as well as the MI6 in the form of Sir John McElroy, Foxtrot’s sworn enemy. Everyone is interested in the dogfight for their own reasons and someone is trying to murder Angelique Dawson.
The history of the SAAF Mirage F1 in Angola is also discussed.
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.