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Kuwait - Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base

Ahmed Al Jaber, AB Kuwait, home of the 4406 ASOG (P): the forward-most air operation in the AOR. The 4406th supports a variety of missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. A-10s, F-117s, FA-18s and F-16s make their home-away-from-home at Al Jaber. All personnel live in temper-tents. Construction of "Coalition Village," a complex of modular buildings is nearing completion and should afford deployed personnel more confortable accomodations.

Al Jaber was the scene of heavy U.S. bombing during the Gulf War. Iraqi forces took the base and occupied it until the last days of the war. A direct hit on the top of this HAB is plainly visible in this photograph, which was taken by a GWAPS team from a helicopter on a visit in July 1992. From this angle, it is unclear whether the bomb penetrated the inner shelter beneath the middle layer of fill and the outer layer of concrete "blaster slabs." No penetration hole is visible and the rest of the structure appears to be intact. Particularly early in the Desert Storm, BDA analysts would have probably assessed, at most, light damage to the structure based on imagery from this perspective. If the bomb penetrated the inner shelter and exploded inside, however, the likely damage to any aircraft inside would have been catastrophic despite the absence of visible damage on the outside of the HAB.

Hardened Aircraft Bunker at Al Jaber Airfield in Kuwait, July 1992.

Iraqi aircraft, stored in aircraft shelters like the one above, were destroyed by PGMs. The remains of the shelters are still visible and partially used today.

Sources

  • Ahmed Al Jaber, AB Kuwait
  • Gulf War Air Power Survey, Volume II. Part II - Effects and Effectiveness. Washington, DC, 1993, p. 38.




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