wild weasel

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wild weasel

An aircraft specially modified to identify, locate, and physically suppress or destroy ground based enemy air defense systems that employ sensors radiating electromagnetic energy.
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The Wild Weasel mission, among the most dangerous assignment for any USAF pilot, is charted with new interviews with American pilots and North Vietnamese missile techs describing different aspects of conflict and strategy development.
Schreiner, a Weasel pilot in the F-4G Phantom during Desert Storm, contributes his verbatim diary accounts of daily activity, forming the primary substance of the book, plus his knowledge of "weaseling"' in general (the Wild Weasel mission employs special aircraft to defeat enemy radar-based threats so that strike aircraft may attack at reduced risk).
It was a so-called "Iron Hand" strike, which was code for a Wild Weasel mission, with the objective of hunting and killing a SAM site, as opposed to leading a strike against a known target.
On July 15, 1968, AAA claimed a sixth Commando Nail F-105F during a Wild Weasel mission in Route Pack 1.
to the south, came to give us a checkout in what they knew about flying the Wild Weasel mission when people shoot back.
Thompson also devotes quite a bit of time describing the technical aspects of the air war: ECM pods, the Wild Weasel mission, Operation Bolo, the attacks against the Thai Nguyen Iron Works, attacks against the Dourmer Bridge and, finally, against the Phuc Yen MiG base.
A fighter performance aircraft equipped to perform the existing Wild Weasel mission -- pure lethal SEAD -- is not only able to sniff out its prey and destroy it, but could also collect emitter intelligence for real-time and near real-time retransmission.