Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM from Esk 727 with serial E-599 taking off (Image © Marcel Burger)

Danish Vipers fly mostly CAS missions in Iraq

The four (operational) plus three (reserve) Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM Fighting Falcons deployed to Kuwait, fly mostly Close Air Support (CAS) missions to aid ground troops fighting ISIS in Iraq. The Danish Ministry of Defence stated on 26 November 2014 that during the last week the Danish Vipers were active in or near Fallujah, Tikrit, Bayji, Mosul and in the Al-Anbar region.

The combat jets executed 13 missions in about ten days time, with the release of 18 bombs. During flexible CAS missions the Danes not always use their weapons. In those cases the aircraft fly “guard” or collect intel on target areas or movement of troops. The rare Air Interdiction missions include the release of a (laser-guided) bomb. For those who are new to combat aviation missions: the targets of the CAS missions are not known in advance, but the Air Interdiction flights are fully planned before the aircraft lift off.

Since the Flyvevåbnet started their operations on 16 October the Danish Vipers flew 74 missions and spent 60 bombs on ISIS / ISIL targets.

Source: Forsvaret

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Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM from Esk 727 with serial E-599 taking off (Image © Marcel Burger)
A Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM (Image © Marcel Burger)