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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Wild Weasel aircraft were being modified at McClellan AFB under program SEED HAWK X-RAY, which would give them an advanced armament system, including employment of the AGM--78B/C.
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.
A Wild Weasel. He's an aviator who can intimidate by mere presence, and close the eyes of an enemy nation's defenses.
Moreover, Arco's misfortune at Kuvlum and Wild Weasel isn't the final word on the area's commercial viability, mainly because of the many tantalizing oil prospects still remaining in the area.
The long awaited selection of an aircraft to replace the aging F-4G Wild Weasel Suppression of Air Defense aircraft is expected to be announced soon by the Air Force Tactical Air Command.
Wild Weasels is a label given to specially trained crews flying modified fighters with the bold mission of suppressing ground-based defenses, primarily radar-guided antiaircraft artillery (AAA) and surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) so that strike aircraft can attack successfully and return to base safely.
I am a fighter WIZZO with 2,000 hours in the F-4G, E, and F Phantom, and I am credited with two kills against surface-to-air missile sites as a Wild Weasel EWO during Desert Storm.
Once the raiding force landed in Thailand, other components went into motion, including F-105 Thunderchiefs from the 6010th Wild Weasel Squadron from Korat Royal Thai AFB and F-4 Phantoms from the 13th and 555th Tactical Fighter Squadrons.
He led the famous "Wild Weasel" flights, suppressing North Vietnamese air defenses.
A unique airpower asset, the Wild Weasel had four eyes, outstanding radar-hunting equipment, and experienced aviators honed in the Cold War and Green Flag exercises.
From 1964-1968, he was stationed at the Pentagon, where he served in the office of the deputy chief of staff for research and development of EW and made one of his greatest contributions to the Air Force: spear-heading a project to neutralize the surface-to-air-missile threat encountered by USAF bombers and fighters in Vietnam, almost single-handedly accomplishing the conceptual phase for the Wild Weasel.