uring the 1999 war, Seriba air defense claimed they had hit two F-117A Night Hawk stealth aircraft, but at the time the US recognized only one.
Recently, however, the US information publication “The Drive” states that the Serbian anti-aircraft missile systems, specifically we are talking about a combination built from the Soviet era (the exact name of the it was not disclosed), was able to knock down an American aircraft in an attempt to encroach on protected airspace.
The plane suffered “quite heavy” damage, but was able to resume its flight, although its mission was interrupted, indicating that the explosion of an anti-aircraft missile had occurred. at a relatively close distance.
“In the latest episode of the podcast, The Afterburn, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Tuna Heinlein, a former F-117 pilot confirms what has been rumored for years that a second stealth aircraft was was shot down by the Serbs but returned to the base in time “.
“While noting that the majority of the Allied Force incident is still classified, he provided some interesting details on what appears to be a previously unconfirmed event.”
“The pilot admits that another F-117 has been damaged by Serbian air defenses, which is very interesting information.” for American fighters in any combat situation “.
“Even relatively old systems, such as the SA-3, pose a real threat, as evidenced by their performance in the 1999 NATO attack on Serbia.”
Although old, the S-125 Neva / Pechora air defense system is still actively operated by some countries, especially during the conflict in Karabakh, Azerbaijan was able to successfully intercept a number of tactical missiles. from Armenian territory and NKR.
It is also worth noting that according to some reports, preparations for the use of the upgraded F-117 Night Hawk aircraft are underway, it is not clear that it has become more “stealth” than before the SAM complexes. old or not?