Nice and quiet inside its hardened aircraft shelter, this Danish F-16AM makes for a nice picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Danish and British join fight against ISIS

Nice and quiet inside its hardened aircraft shelter, this Danish F-16AM makes for a nice picture. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Danish F-16AM sits nice and quiet inside its hardened aircraft shelter at Skrydstrup airbase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Danish Lockheed Martin F-16s and British Panavia Tornado fighter aircraft are joining the air strikes against Islamic State ISIS (aka ISIL), according to statements from both countries on Friday 26 September. The deployment follows after the Netherlands and Belgium decided to send fighter aircraft earlier this week. 

Denmark is sending four F-16s plus three backup aircraft. They will take part in raids on targets in Iraq only, just like the Netherlands, Belgium and France said earlier. A final decision on Royal Air Force (RAF) offensive action fell on Friday.

The first real use of Tornado jets against ISIS is expected soon, as the aircraft have already been deployed to RAF Base Akrotiri on Cyprus. The Tornados were already there to support humanitarian operations following ISIS’s advance in Iraq. It is unclear if the Tornados are also set to operate over Syria.

Jordan is the destination for the Belgian F-16s and also seems a likely host for the Dutch and Danish Fighting Falcons.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

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There is a bit of a sound barrier going on here, as in 'not being able to hear'. So, for now just imagine the sound of these two RAF Tornado GR4s thundering by. We're working on sound based pictures. We don't know what those are either, but again, just use your imagination. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
There is a bit of a sound barrier going on here, as in ‘not being able to hear’. So, for now just imagine the sound of these two RAF Tornado GR4s thundering by. We’re working on sound based pictures. We don’t know what those are either, but again, just use your imagination. (Image © Elmer van Hest)