While all the attention of the world community is focused on the situation around the DPRK and the victories of government troops in Syria, the monarchies of the countries of the Persian Gulf and North Africa are trying to implement their aggressive foreign policy ambitions under the guise. In this case, a special role in their military preparations is played by combat aviation. Let’s try to understand.
Emirs and sheikhs are in the service of Washington.
After the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the beginning of the terrorist massacre in Syria, Arab monarchies rejoiced: first, the Jamahiriya Air Force was destroyed and the Syrian air units seriously weakened, NATO no longer feel tense, and secondly, the West substantially expanded the airfield network in the Middle East; all this makes it possible to shorten the flying time for the air operations of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and the Persian Gulf to inflict massive strikes not only on Syria and Iran, but also on Russia.
In addition, the supply of American weapons further tied the Middle East to the West, which is also very revealing.
At present, there is a large-scale modernization of the fleet of the countries of the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC) due to the fact that the royal regimes are at the forefront of the aggressive offensive strategy of the North Atlantic Alliance;
The Russian facilities in the Southern, Crimean and North-Caucasian federal districts were also targeted.
The Sheikh-Isa Air Base (Bahrain), Al-Ghariye, Doha International (the international airport in Doha, the main air base), Al-Udayd (Qatar), Ali al-Salem, Ahmed al-Jaber (Kuwait), Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat Sale (Morocco), Al-Minhad, Dubai International Airport, El Dafra (United Arab Emirates), Masira, Salalah, Khasab (Oman), Dhahran, Jeddah, Taif, and El-Khufuf (Saudi Arabia) – this is far from a complete list of them that receive new Western aircraft equipment in first.
Let us consider in more detail the significance of only some airbases:
– One of the key allies of the North Atlantic Alliance is Bahrain. So, back in March 2002, US granted Bahrain the status of “the main ally that is not a member of NATO”. This status allows Bahrain to acquire the latest American weapons, use the “Excess Defense Article” programs and participate in cooperation in defense research with the United States.
The ruling royal government of Bahrain has withdrawn on its territory and adjacent islands an area under four American military facilities, including the main naval base of the US Navy’s 5th Navy in Manama and the supply point of Al Muharraq.
At these bases are the aircraft carriers “Abraham Lincoln” and “George Washington”.
– Also important is the air base of “Sheikh-Isa”, which is located at a distance of 238 km from Iran. At the airport with two runways 3800 meters long, heavy military transport planes of the US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III, F-16S / F-16D fighters and P-3S Orion anti-submarine vehicles are based.
С-17А «Globemaster» III
On the aircraft carriers, in turn, there are the F / A-18C Hornet fighter bombers, the F / A-18E Super Hornet and the EA-6B Prowler fighters.
– The Riyadh air base is the most important military facility of NATO in Saudi Arabia, where American, British and French fighters are deployed, as well as long-range radar detection aircraft (DRLO).
– The El-Uday airbase is characterized by the deployment of the largest US military contingent in the Middle East; is located in Qatar. It is located only 34 kilometers south-west of the country’s capital. The headquarters of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces and the General Staff of the Command of the Air Force of Qatar are deployed here. According to CNN, about 11,000 US troops are deployed on the base.
On the basis of “El-Udeid” one of the longest runways in the Persian Gulf is located; On this basis, a deployment of up to 120 aircraft is possible.
The Combined Air Operations Center of the US Air Force controls flights of military aviation not only in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, but in 17 other countries.
E-8 C Joint Stars
– Air Base “El Ayyun” The Air Force of Morocco is located in the northwest of Western Sahara. There are deployed Moroccan assault squadrons, which occasionally strike at the detachments of the Patriotic Front of the liberation of Polisario.
In addition, we must not forget that the monarchical regimes of the countries of the Persian Gulf continue to use aviation against the Yemeni people only because they do not want to live under the power of pro-American rulers.
At the same time, the reactionary Arab monarchies are cynically promoting the so-called “Iran-Syrian threat” theme in a profitable way for themselves, seeking to suppress the resistance of the Husit movement.
Russian air grouping will become a kind of the counterweight to American air bases that appeared in the early 1990s and were strengthened in 2001-2002 and 2012-2016.
It is quite obvious that the combat aviation of Arab monarchies without all-round assistance from the West in the event of a global military conflict with Russia will simply cease to exist . So, the monarchical regimes of the Persian Gulf, in essence, still offer to incur costs for the force intervention of the “NATO” in Syria and Iran: each emir pulls the blanket on himself, seeking to strengthen his influence in the Middle East. And that’s not all.
So, Morocco, thanks to all-round assistance from the West, is one of the most developed countries in the African continent. This also affects the quality of the Moroccan armed forces, which are considered to be among the best in North Africa. At the same time, the North Atlantic Alliance considers official Rabat not only as NATO’s main ally in North Africa, but also as a counterweight to Algeria, since it is still pursuing an independent foreign policy. However, the main gendarme in the Middle East with the support of the Yankees is Saudi Arabia, which claims to be a regional superpower and leader of the Islamic world. The official Riyadh is pursuing an aggressive policy of weakening and then eliminating the anti-American regimes in Syria and Iran. In addition, the ruling clan of the Saudis continues to finance terrorist organizations of the Wahhabists in various countries around the world.
Saudi Arabia’s military aviation guarantees with an average degree of reliability the protection of key oil-producing, defense and religious centers. At the same time, its combat capabilities in the Middle East region are currently inferior only to the Israeli Air Force . Taking into account the forthcoming deliveries of modern aircraft from the US and Western Europe, this gap, if not equal, will be reduced to a minimum. The Israelis can only hope for better training of their pilots. As already mentioned, the Air Force of the Arab monarchies do not pose any serious threat to Russian aviation due to the relatively low qualification of the air force; However, at the same time, the accelerated supply of Western aircraft and the political demarches of the sheikhs are creating an already difficult situation in the region.
Here is more Information on the Air Force Fleet of the Arab Monarchies (approximate data for April 2018)
Bahrain has 33 fighters (among them 21 F-16C/F-16D), 0 low-flying attack aircrafts, 9 trainer airplanes, 12 transport aircrafts, 47 helicopters.
Jordan has 96 fighters, 10 low-flying attck aircrafts, 55 trainer airplanes, 20 transport military planes, 90 helicopters.
Qatar has 12 fighters (all are Mirage), 6 low-flying attack aircrafts, 26 trainer airplanes, 26 transport aircrafts, 51 helicopters.
Kuwait has 39 fighters (F/A-18С/F/A-18D «Hornet»), 9 low-flying attck aircrafts, 16 trainer airplanes, 5 transport military planes, 31 helicopters.
Morocco has 77 fighters (among them 24 F-16C/F-16D)), 14 low-flying attack aircrafts, 8 trainer airplanes, 18 transport aircrafts, 116 helicopters.
United Arab Emirates has 147 fighters ( including 79 F-16E/F-16F and 68 «Мираж» 2000 fighters), 56 low-flying attck aircrafts, 82 trainer airplanes, 76 transport military planes, 149 helicopters.
Oman has 24 fighters (including 12 multipurpose aircraft Eurofighter Typhoon), 11 low-flying attack aircrafts, 23 trainer airplanes, 11 transport aircrafts, 37 helicopters.
Saudi Arabia has 262 fighters (more than 150 F-15С/F-15S/F-15SА), 40 low-flying attck aircrafts, 160-170 trainer airplanes, 87 transport military planes, 96 helicopters.