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"Drawn red stars and think they imitate the actions of the Russians and the Chinese": the US criticizes the use of the first private fighter F-16

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The other day in one of their news materials "Voennoe obozreniye" reported that a private F-16 fighter jet took off for the first time in the United States. This is an aircraft that was previously operated by the US military and then sold to the private company Top Aces. At the same time, after the "privatization" of the fighter, the American Air Force suddenly needed it again - as an aircraft that will represent Aviation the adversary.


The aircraft flew from Mesa Gateway airbase (Phoenix) and remained in the air for about an hour. During this time, according to the American side, tests of its individual characteristics and flight parameters were carried out.

Representative of the company that owns the F-16A fighter with number 78-0322:

This is a new milestone for our company. It opens up new opportunities for us, including the acquisition of more aircraft.

This история, as it turns out, has received criticism from a number of American experts. In particular, the issue of a "strange scheme" is being discussed, according to which the aircraft was first sold to a private company, and then, as a result of a contract with this company, it was again actually in the combat service of the US aviation. One of the complaints:

If the F-16 was needed by our aviation, then why was it sold to a private company? If it is not needed, why then a contract with this company for its further exploitation as an "aggressor"?

It should be noted that the first private F-16 entered the squadron of "aggressors" - this is how the US calls the aircraft that imitate the means of enemy combat aviation (most often we are talking about Russia and China).

In the United States, criticism of the activities of the squadron itself also rises. After the video showing the first flight of a private fighter as part of this air unit, American users noted the following:

They painted red stars and think that they imitate the actions of the Russians and the Chinese. To imitate their actions, you need to understand the psychology of these pilots. She is different. Here red stars alone are indispensable.

Video of the first training flight 78-0322 as an "aggressor" criticized in the United States by experts and ordinary users.

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  1. Finches
    Finches 21 May 2021 08: 29
    +13
    You can also turn on the following at the airfield:

    So let the Red
    Compresses powerfully
    Your bayonet with a calloused hand
    And we all must
    Uncontrollably
    Go to the last mortal battle!
    Red Army, march forward!
    The Revolutionary Council is calling us into battle.
    After all, from the taiga to the British seas
    The Red Army is all stronger!

    Sneaks laughing
    1. Invoce
      Invoce 21 May 2021 08: 43
      +5
      Yes, everything is much simpler ...
      “If the F-16 was needed by our aviation, then why was it sold to a private company? If it is not needed, why then a contract with this company for its further exploitation as an "aggressor"?

      Already the Americans themselves understand that the production of weapons, local wars is BUSINESS!
      And the resale of military equipment (to private companies, failed states Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania ... etc.) is a super profitable business. In this case, a contract was signed with the US Department of Defense for the performance of some services. I am 100% sure the firm is affiliated with some kind of official either in Congress or in the Ministry of Defense. But a criminal case will not be opened on this case. For everything is according to the "Law" ...
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 21 May 2021 10: 42
        +1
        Quote: Finches
        You can also turn on the following at the airfield:

        It is unlikely that they will find this song in an adequate English translation.
        But you can include the Soviet march from Red Alert. It will definitely be found in the English version.
    2. Flashpoint
      Flashpoint 21 May 2021 09: 05
      +3
      Quote: Finches
      You can also turn on the following at the airfield:

      So let the Red
      Compresses powerfully
      Your bayonet with a calloused hand
      And we all must
      Uncontrollably
      Go to the last mortal battle!
      Red Army, march forward!
      The Revolutionary Council is calling us into battle.
      After all, from the taiga to the British seas
      The Red Army is all stronger!

      Sneaks laughing

      good
      Or as in the movie "The Hunt for the Unicorn (1989)" - the march of the aviators.
      I did not find this particular fragment, here it is completely, see from 1:07:30
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6thi4e8Wl5U
      1. Avior
        Avior 21 May 2021 09: 36
        +1
        it is strange that the Germans in the film sounded the Soviet march of aviators, and not their German Das Berliner Jungarbeierlied
        https://youtu.be/7Vqz-ALlwMM
        Wherever the Gestapo looked.
    3. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 21 May 2021 09: 07
      +4
      Here red stars alone are indispensable.

      "And in all ships, in trains,
      Driven in our RED STAR "!

      They envy ....
    4. PROXOR
      PROXOR 21 May 2021 09: 30
      +6
      They will not understand this. The mind is not enough. You can use them in a simpler way and in their understandable language.
      1. Anachoret
        Anachoret 21 May 2021 10: 49
        +1
        beauty) is already breathtaking)
  2. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 21 May 2021 08: 33
    -1
    And what do you want, corruption (lobism) in the United States in action. Our pilots, one propulsion F 16 is considered not the best aircraft, here is the F 15, it is a worthy opponent in capable hands.
    1. figwam
      figwam 21 May 2021 08: 45
      +1
      If the F-16 was needed by our aviation, then why was it sold to a private company? If it is not needed, why then a contract with this company for its further exploitation as an "aggressor"?

      Just another legal way to steal the budget.
  3. Anzhey V.
    Anzhey V. 21 May 2021 08: 38
    +4
    At the same time, after the "privatization" of the fighter, the American Air Force suddenly needed it again - as an aircraft that, in the course of real air training, will represent enemy aircraft


    It is not clear why the author of the article is so outraged - in the USA this is a normal practice. There are a number of PMCs with retired military pilots from all over the world who are engaged in providing training battles for the Air Force.

    Themselves buy equipment (including used in the US Air Force), maintain and repair it.

    For the Air Force, this is several times cheaper than maintaining a separate fleet for practicing training battles.

    They painted red stars and they think they imitate the actions of the Russians and the Chinese.


    These PMCs were full of Russian pilots and pilots from the post-Soviet republics. And now it works.
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 21 May 2021 08: 52
      0
      Quote: Anjay V.
      It is not clear why the author of the article is so outraged - in the USA this is a normal practice.

      And the author just now HAS COME! I woke up, dear, and gasped!
  4. vch62388
    vch62388 21 May 2021 08: 43
    +2
    I don’t understand something. The plane is private, the pilot is probably under a contract from former Air Force pilots or nat. guard. Aircraft in the United States Air Force. The owner company receives money for what? Because her equipment is being exploited by the army? In my opinion, a masterpiece cutting scheme. I will buy my own tank from the state and will lease it to the state.
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 21 May 2021 08: 53
      +1
      Quote: vch62388
      I will buy my own tank from the state and will lease it to the state

      And in between exercises, ride it to the market, so that it was like Zhvanetsky.
  5. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 21 May 2021 08: 45
    +1
    Interestingly, this is not the UFO that crossed all of America and no one knew what it was.
  6. Popandos
    Popandos 21 May 2021 08: 48
    0
    To imitate their actions, you need to understand the psychology of these pilots.

    Try to explain to an American pilot who cannot fight because there are few shops on the base and he cannot buy Coca-Cola and Bubelgum, the psychology of NF Gastello or AP Maresyev.
    I think it won't work.
  7. Sancho_SP
    Sancho_SP 21 May 2021 09: 04
    +1
    It is quite obvious that using a private contractor is many times cheaper than a US Air Force pilot. Therefore, the tasks of unarmed vehicles should be transferred to a private company.
    1. El Barto
      El Barto 21 May 2021 09: 50
      -1
      In terms of money, not a fig is cheaper, but even more expensive. But the scheme provides a number of obvious advantages:
      - responsibility for people and equipment is thrown off to the left civil office
      - for reporting, the staff has been reduced, the old equipment has been written off, in the budget expenses have been transferred to the current expenses column, the Congress is happy
      - the ability to expel hired personnel quickly and without compensation
      - the possibility of rollbacks

      According to the same scheme, the guys from NASA are implementing the "Musk space program"

      In general, the next JSC Slavyanka in American style
      1. Sancho_SP
        Sancho_SP 21 May 2021 09: 54
        0
        Somewhere here the calculations have already been written. An hour of flight to the Air Force is several times more expensive due to the huge overhead costs of the army, which a private trader does not have.
        1. El Barto
          El Barto 21 May 2021 10: 13
          +2
          Oh well. It's like with us - a set of "office" uniforms in the army costs 20 tr, and in a store if you buy it yourself - 3 tr.
          Only this is not a reason to give everything to the contractor, but a reason to think about whether the army needs purges a la 1937
          1. Sancho_SP
            Sancho_SP 21 May 2021 12: 16
            0
            From the point of view of kitchen conversations, cleaning is needed. From the point of view of an air force economist - outsourcing of non-critical tasks.
            1. El Barto
              El Barto 22 May 2021 11: 36
              0
              "The Pentagon has made adjustments to its books of $ 35 trillion in just one year, more than the size of the American economy as a whole. This shows that the Department of Defense still cannot clean up the records ..."
              https://inosmi.ru/economic/20200129/246732109.html
      2. JD1979
        JD1979 21 May 2021 10: 53
        -1
        And the Earth was captured by the Reptilians.
    2. ROSS_51
      ROSS_51 22 May 2021 03: 31
      0
      Quote: Sancho_SP
      It is quite obvious that using a private contractor is many times cheaper than a US Air Force pilot. Therefore, the tasks of unarmed vehicles should be transferred to a private company.

      Is it okay that this is the simplest scheme for laundering the budget? And yes, quite the opposite - the price of a private contractor is much higher.
      1. Sancho_SP
        Sancho_SP 22 May 2021 06: 56
        +1
        Will you give the numbers?
        1. El Barto
          El Barto 22 May 2021 11: 38
          -1
          35 trillion usd Missed in action ...
  8. Fedor M
    Fedor M 21 May 2021 09: 08
    -1
    What is that muddy topic
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 21 May 2021 09: 20
    +1
    They painted red stars and they think they imitate the actions of the Russians and the Chinese. To imitate their actions, you need to understand the psychology of these pilots. She is different. Red stars alone are indispensable here
    ... Correctly noticed .... and so, one of his own on a "tasty" in a row sat down.
  10. Yrec
    Yrec 21 May 2021 09: 40
    0
    We do not have in our armament an aircraft similar in characteristics to the F-16. Even the MIG-29 is slowly receding into the shadows. It would make sense for mattresses to use f-15 for imitation, but they are not enough for current tasks either. There is simply no sense in using such "aggressors". I believe that such manipulations with the F-16 are designed to use these machines in the interests of various PMCs in order to increase their strike capabilities.
    1. El Barto
      El Barto 21 May 2021 09: 53
      -2
      What? Ancient as mammoth poop, weakly armed and generally poor, light fighter, are you passing off as a wunderwaffe?
      Mattress generals are not stupid either, so f16 goes to junk, and they modernize a really good heavy f15
  11. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus 21 May 2021 09: 42
    -1
    At us, too, in the exercises "red" and "blue" on tanks from one garage and nothing, the psychology of the enemy does not bother.
    What difference does it make to who paints a private jet and how? If I had one, I would have completely painted it lemon and made a beige upholstery of the ejection seat out of suede
  12. Oleg Olkha
    Oleg Olkha 21 May 2021 10: 33
    +2
    “If the F-16 was needed by our aviation, then why was it sold to a private company? more importantly, they don’t know that these are Israeli F-16A retired and sold, after maintenance, to a Canadian company providing training services “for the enemy.” A total of 29 units at 2/3? million US dollars. numbers, including on the "Falcon", which took part in the destruction of the Iraqi reactor. The meaning of the "critical" note is completely incomprehensible.
  13. yehat2
    yehat2 21 May 2021 10: 37
    0
    I don't know much how this group of pilots works, so they carefully study the training system of Russian pilots, look through the history of their actions and try to reproduce certain events that actually took place in the past. Particular attention was paid to training battles, which took place several times with dry planes. It's not just dumb aircraft repainting.
    However, in general, the emphasis is simply on reducing the element of surprise when meeting - so that there is not too much adrenaline, so as not to put on pants and other unwanted reactions.
  14. stone
    stone 21 May 2021 10: 42
    0
    This is an aircraft that was previously operated by the US military and then sold to the private company Top Aces.

    The video shows an F-16 aircraft with camouflage used by the Israel Defense Forces. I think Top Aces bought old F-16A in Israel.
  15. JD1979
    JD1979 21 May 2021 10: 59
    -1
    2 dozen comments and most of them want to knock their heads on the table ... because either clownery or such an "authoritative opinion" with such calculations and conclusions both in terms of finances (at least you can count personal ones) and in terms of efficiency. How many people here have organized at least one teachings of at least a "nursery" group of a kindergarten? )))
    PS: now I would teach someone to count his money ... also capitalists)) who will teach whoever you want.)))