Operation Black Buck
Black Buck One
Black Buck Two
Black Buck Three
Black Buck Four
Black Buck Five
Black Buck Six
Black Buck Seven
Oerlikon 35mm Twin Cannon
The Oerlikon 35mm Twin cannon is a towed anti-aircraft cannon made by the Swiss firm, Oerikon-Contraves. The gun can be radar controlled using either the Super Fledermaus or Skyguard systems.
During the Falklands War, the Oerlikon 35mm was used by Argentine forces. Both Super Fledermaus and Skyguard systems were used. The weapon succeeded in shooting down a Royal Navy Sea Harrier on May 4th, and an RAF Harrier on May 27th. Additionally, the weapon was employed in direct fire mode, against British ground troops during the Battle of Goose Green.
The British recognized the serious threat that the system held for their aircraft, and as far as possible operated outside the weapons' range. Additionally, the Black Buck Four, Five and Six missions were specifically directed at neutralizing the threat, and Black Buck Six did in fact succeed in damaging a Skyguard radar.
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