An F-16 pilot await his turn to refuel. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Dutch Vipers; 1,000 sorties over Iraq

The Dutch Air Task Force Middle-East (ATFME) flew its 1,000th F-16 sortie over Iraq last weekend, the Dutch ministry of Defense in The Hague announced. The sorties were accumulated during nine months of operations at an airbase in Jordan, and saw the use of weapons 575 times.

The sorties were flown in over 475 missions against Islamic State forces in Iraq. The Royal Netherlands Air Force does not operate over Syria, although this may change soon. The Dutch contribution in the Middle East has been prolonged until at least October next year. The number of F-16s used will be reduced to four however.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): An F-16 seen during exercises. (Image © Dennis Spronk)