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