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Description Mosul Airport is located approximately 350 kilometers North of Baghdad, just south of the City of Mosul. The airbase is served by a 8,700 foot long runway. According to the "Gulf War Air Power Survey, there were 8 hardened aircraft shelters at Mosul as of 1991.

There is Ikonos imagery coverage of Mosul Airport from February 19, 2002 in Space Imaging's Carterra Archive. Camp Diamondback In mid-April 2003 Mosul airport was the temporary headquarters for several hundred US special forces and marines. Marines and Sailors of the 26th MEU (SOC) were ordered into the Mosul International Airport in Northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. About 50 helicopters shuttled up to 5,000 troops of the 101st Airborne Division from the outskirts of Baghdad to Mosul's airport, and trucks ferried them into Iraq's third largest city. The Marines and Sailors continued to build up this forward operating base to serve as a logistics hub in the near future for continued infrastructure assistance for the free people of Iraq. Camp Diamondback, a 500-soldier base camp similar to what US forces occupy in the Balkans, is apparently located at Mosul Airport. The soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina at Camp Diamondback at Mosul were attacked with mortar fire regularly. The Sukhoi Su-17 (NATO reporting name: Fitter) was a Soviet attack aircraft developed from the Su-7B fighter-bomber. It enjoyed a long career in Soviet/Russian service and was widely exported to Eastern Bloc and Middle Eastern air forces. The Su-17 entered service with Soviet Air Force in 1970. The aircraft was extensively used by both the Soviets and the government Afghanistan forces during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. High-altitude airfields and hot dusty climate created unique operational challenges. In the summer, the takeoff roll of the Su-17 increased 1.5-fold and landings frequently ended with burst tires and brake fires. Avionics failures were common due to heat and sand contamination. However, the AL-21F engine proved tolerant of routine ingestion of sand and sand-contaminated fuel and by 1985 the combat readiness of the Su-17 fleet exceeded that of the Sukhoi Su-25 and the helicopters. The first-series Su-17s were quickly replaced with more capable Su-17M3 and Su-17M4. Despite its durability and payload, the aircraft proved ill-adapted for combat in the mountainous terrain due to high attack speeds, low maneuverability, and the need to stay out of range of anti-aircraft artillery due to lack of significant armor protection (although external armor was added around the engine, hydraulics, and fuel systems based on damage analysis, this was still insufficient compared to dedicated close air support Su-25s). The appearance of MANPADS such as the Soviet-made Strela 2 (smuggled from Egypt), the British Blowpipe missile, and the American FIM-43 Redeye and later FIM-92 Stinger, presented a new threat and forced Su-17s to even higher operational altitudes. Revised tactics and retrofit of up to 12 flare dispensers which fired automatically during the attack run proved effective, and in 1985 only one Soviet Su-17 was lost to ground fire.Forced to operate 3500-4000 m (11,500-13,000 ft) above ground, Su-17s shifted from using unguided rockets to bombs, including thermobaric weapons, while Su-25s were tasked with precision strikes.Towards the end of the war, the Su-17 force was partially replaced by the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27s in order to perform operational testing of the new fighter-bomber. Throughout the war, Afghani forces utilized Su-22s, three of which were shot down while operating in the vicinity of Pakistan aerospace by Pakistani F-16 Fighting Falcons. The pilots responsibe for the kills were F/L A Hameed Qadri, F/L Badr-ul-Islam and F/L Khalid Mahmood.

Export variants of the Su-17 were also used in combat by Libya and Iraq. Two Libyan aircraft were shot down in the Gulf of Sidra incident by US Navy F-14 Tomcats on 19 August 1981. More were likely lost by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, and six more were destroyed by USAF aircraft in the 1991 Gulf War.
Date 29 May 2005(2005-05-29), 08:14
Source Iraqi Su-17, Camp Diamondback
Author jamesdale10


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