Tag: Al Dhafra Air Base

USAF F-35As and F-15Es Flatten ISIS “Infested” Island In Iraq With 80K Pounds Of Bombs (Updated)

U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and F-15E Strike Eagles dropped 36,000 kilograms, or nearly 80,000 pounds, of bombs on an island in Iraq’s Tigris River that ISIS had been using as a transit hub to move men and materiel from Syria and other points west deeper into Iraq. The word of an official press release suggests the airstrikes may have actually been a so-called “terrain denial” operation to simply blast away vegetation and other natural cover that might have offered concealment for ISIS fighters and their supply caches.

Nearly All F-15Es Photographed Arriving In Middle East Carried Dragon’s Eye Radar Pods

The radar pods give the F-15E a highly potent surveillance and targeting capability that can peer through clouds, smoke, and dust. These capabilities, paired with the F-15E’s extreme flexibility, would be highly useful when it comes to monitoring Iranian activities and countering Iranian threats during an actual conflict.