Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Libyan No-Fly Zone Is A Job For The Arab League.
The Arab League. Pretty self-explanatory. The Libyan Air Force consists of perhaps a couple of dozen seventies technology Sukhoi Su- 22 ground attack aircraft and some attack helicopters. The Egyptian Air Force has over 200 latest model F-16C & Ds in service. Combine these with a USAF, NATO or even Saudi AWACS flying outside Libya and there will be no Libyan aircraft in the air in a day or so. A couple of dozen Russian made MANPADS supplied to the rebels would be more effective than the ZPU-4s. The Americans and French discovered that quad fifties were excellent against attacking infantry.
On the ground the rebels sorely need tactical advisors (was this what the unlucky SBS team was intended for?), not merely to show them how to defend and attack economically, but also to advise them how to construct IEDs to deny pro-Gadaffi armour and trucks use of the road "network". A couple of IEDs front and rear of an approaching column would allow free range for a half dozen Toyota Land Cruisers armed with heavy machine guns and RPGs to make bounce attacks out of the southern flank. Everything needed was learned in the Western Desert Campaign of 1940-43. Even I have read most of it. One lesson is that, except in unihabited parts of the desert, getting rid of insects was just about impossible. Hands had to be held over mugs and mess tins constantly to avoid sharing with a mouthful of flies.