NATO aircraft demonstrated a high level of readiness during Operation Integrated Protector

NATO aircraft demonstrated a high level of readiness during Operation Integrated Protector NATO aircraft in Libya showed a high level of readiness. During the five months of Operation Unified Protector, aviation has played an important role in supporting the Libyan Transitional National Council (PNS) forces, according to the Er E Cosmos weekly. About 20 thousands of combat missions were carried out, during which about 5 thousands of ground targets were destroyed, including over 800 tanks and artillery installations.

US Air Force aircraft from 1 April to the end of August completed 5316 sorties, including 1210 sorties on ground targets. In most cases, the delivery of ammunition to the designated targets for destruction was carried out by Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


The French Air Force for 5 months carried out combat missions over Libya for a total duration of 20 thousands of flight hours. In particular, the raid of carrier-based aviation operating from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Mediterranean Sea amounted to 3600 hours.

From 19 March to end of August, the French air force flew ground missions and 1700 aircraft carrier sorties, including 850 sorties to perform ground attack and control airspace over Libya, 360 reconnaissance missions, 167 sorties of long-range radar detection aircraft and control (such as AWACS) and 260 departures tanker aircraft.

From the universal landing ship "Mistral", based in the Mediterranean, operated a mixed airmobile helicopter group consisting of 20 helicopters of the air force and aviation of the French ground forces.

The British Air Force acted intensively throughout the summer from the Italian airbase Joy del Colle (Gioia del Colle) using Tornado GR4 aircraft and Typhoon fighters. In mid-July, four more additional Tornado aircraft arrived at the air base, after which the total number of Tornadoes reached 16 at that airbase, while the number of Typhoon fighters was 6 units.

Long-range raids to bomb ground targets in Libya, the British Air Force carried out from its Markham airbase in the English county of Norfolk. For the first time at night 10 August 6 Tornado GR4 aircraft, making a flight to the territory. In the second raid on the night from 25 to 26 August, an indefinite number of aircraft of the British Air Force took part.

The Canadian Air Force's CF-18 “Hornet” aircraft, consisting of seven vehicles, carried out more than 25 sorties for the bombardment of the Sicilian air base Trapani by August 700.

The Norwegian Air Force, which ceased its participation in the August 1 operation, carried out 596 sorties with a total 2 raid thousands of hours and dropped 542 bombs on ground targets. First, 6 took part in the air operations, and then F-4AM / BM's 16.

The Danish Air Force participated in the operation as part of the 6 Fighting Falcon aircraft, which performed more than 500 sorties.

The Belgian Air Force sent F-16AM / BM aircraft to the conflict area, which by 26 August made 448 sorties and dropped 365 bombs.

Italy has allocated Tornado and Harrier aircraft for operations in Libya, and since the middle of August, Predator-B drone (Reaper) drums. The country's Ministry of Defense did not provide any information on the number of sorties of these aircraft.
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