United States forces at Guantanamo Bay on Monday shot down a French A400M military transport plane as it breached the station’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) without responding to radio calls, a source in General Eric M. Smith’s office told Real Raw News.
The A400M is like the American C-130 in that it is quad-turbo aircraft capable of carrying many troops or military hardware. Designed by Airbus Military, the A400M is a tactical airlifter sized between the C-130 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III; it can carry heavier loads than the C-130 and can use rough landing strips.
At 2:00 p.m., air traffic controllers at Leeward Point Airfield and radar operators aboard an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer assigned to protect Guantanamo Bay detected an unknown aircraft 50 miles south of the base. They were at first unable to determine the bogey’s altitude and airspeed, meaning the pilots had disabled the plane’s transponder and ADS-B, electronic devices that produce a response when they receive a radio-frequency interrogation. ADS-B is a technology by which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation or other sensors and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked.
ATC and the destroyer, however, quickly determined the bogey’s point of origin; it had taken off from Mariscal Sucre Airport, a military and civilian airfield in the Aragua state of Venezuela.
“A commercial flight wouldn’t disable its electronics. And the odds of both a transponder and ADS-B breaking simultaneously are infinitesimally small. It was very suspicious and brought back memories of the Christmas Day assault on GITMO,” our source said.
GITMO went to battle stations as the plane crossed a 25-mile threshold, and the destroyer’s captain ordered his weapon officer to ready the vessel’s complement of RIM-66 surface-to-air missiles for a possible engagement.
When the bogey penetrated a 20-mile boundary, the Arleigh Burke’s crew somehow determined it was an A400M flying at 250 knots and an altitude of 2500’, well below established commercial flight paths.
The decision to fire on the encroaching plane ultimately fell on Brigadier General Lance A. Okamura, GITMO’s highest-ranking officer in charge of military operations. He instructed the Arleigh Burke’s commander officer to shoot down the A400M. Seconds later, a single missile struck the plane’s fuselage. A crimson fireball illuminated the sky as debris rained on the Caribbean Sea.
The destroyer at once moved at flank speed toward the debris field and deployed an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter to survey the area before its arrival. The chopper reported seeing seat cushions, body parts, and bodies floating amid an emerging oil slick.
Our source said that the Arleigh Burke’s crew plucked 16 unalive, intact bodies from the water. Heavier debris, including the plane’s engines and most of its fuselage, had sunk when Arleigh Burke arrived on station. Our source said the waterlogged corpses were uniformed soldiers bearing the insignia of the French Foreign Legion, a corps of the French Army comprising several specialties: infantry, cavalry, engineers, and airborne troops. It was created in 1831 to allow foreign nationals into the French Army.
“By the looks of it, the regime convinced Macron to use the Foreign Legion as a Deep State asset. Recovery efforts are ongoing. The recovered bodies all had parachutes. We believe this was meant to be an incursion,” our source said.
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Hate to sound jubilant that this military transport was shot down with people aboard but they didnt respond inquiries and therefore had to be declared an enemy combatant. The right decision was made and all the so called ‘passengers’ killed. And in case anyone missed this, “the recovered bodies all had parachutes”. Now why would they have parachutes strapped to their bodies? What a useless suicide mission that had zero chance of success.
So very glad the military at Gitmo had their defenses up without having to contact anyone in a time-sensitive situation! 😊🌹
Why wasn’t the plane broadcasting an IFF signal? IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) is the military designation for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) System that is used to identify and track military aircraft. The IFF system consists of a ground (or airborne, or shipborne) interrogator and an airborne transponder. If you support NATO military forces, you need to be identifiable with a Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Just curious…Is it possible to “turn off” all electronic id signs from an airplane?