Saturday, February 17, 2007

Somebody Had To Say It

From the Strategy Page:

One look at the quantities involved really answers the question as to whether or not the Algerian build-up is a threat to France. The short answer is that it isn't. The Algerians would be outnumbered, and facing fighters at least as good as their new MiG-29s and Su-30s, if not better in some respects. This is before the French advantages in areas like airborne early-warning aircraft (France uses variations of the E-3 and E-2) and aerial refueling come into play. In short, a modern Franco-Algerian war is one that Algeria would lose in the air, even though they would be fighting the French.

Emphasis mine.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

1 comment:

Mark said...

The French Air Force actually gets pretty high marks. They have good equipment and train hard.

It is pretty much a given that any gains made by the French Air Force will be lost by French ground forces, unless it's the Foreign Legion...