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How U.S. stopped F-15 fighter jet getting in hostile hands With the help of Saudi Arabia

How U.S. stopped F-15 fighter jet getting in hostile hands With the help of Saudi Arabia

A number of pilots from various nations defected with their aircraft to other countries due to many reasons

During Operation Desert Storm, the United States of America and Saudi Arabia faced a similar challenge when an Air force pilot defected the United States state of the art fighter jet.

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On 11 November 1990, an F-15 fighter jet pilot from number 2 Squadron of Saudi air force defected with an F-15C Eagle fighter to Sudan

The Saudi air force pilot was upset with Saudi Arabia policy of fighting against Fellow Arab and Muslim countries

Fighter jet defection Risked an alarming situation for both the United States of America and Saudi Arabia as F-15 fighter jet might end up in hostile hands

Soviet forces could have used all their resources to get hands-on United states Air superiority fighter jet

The Pentagon issued a warning to all of the aircrews about a possible rogue F-15 and ordered them to shot it down if you see it

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Fourtently the affair ended in a matter of days, thanks to a quick reaction by the Saudi government.

According to few news sources, Riyadh government paid about $50 million to Khartoum to return the fighter.

America and Sudan demanded the immediate return of the Fighter jet but it remained in Sudan for several days

During that time Iraqi intelligence may have had the opportunity to examine the F-15 and it is believed that they interrogated the pilot.

IrAF gained valuable information on Suadi and Allied forces technical frequencies, electronic warning countermeasure and communication

A Saudi air force pilot was apparently been granted political asylum

F-15 fighter jet almost ended up in hostile hands
Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S from the 92nd Sqn

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