Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado ECR (Image © Elmer van Hest)

German Tornado jets, helicopters and tanker join the fight against ISIS

UPDATE 4 December | German Air Force Panavia Tornado tactical reconnaissance aircraft, an Airbus tanker and helicopters are almost certainly joining the fight against the so-called Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, as we announced earlier.

Update | German parliament approved the military mission on Friday 4 December, just two days after British parliament gave the green light for UK actions over Syria.

Likely to be okayed by the Reichstag – the German parliament – the Torando jets will possibly be operating from either Cyprus (RAF Akrotori), Turkey (Incirlik) or Jordan. The idea to sent them comes from the German government and is a direct reaction to the terror attacks in Paris a few weeks ago. Those attacks killed at least 130 people and were afterwards claimed by the so-called ISIS / ISIL / Daesh organisation which holds large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Westland Lynx or NH90 helicopters

Berlin’s plan also comprises a frigate of the German Navy to provide additional cover for the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, operating in the Eastern Mediterranean with French Navy Rafale jets targeting ISIS. The German combat vessel will likely have up to two Westland Lynx or NH90 helicopters on board.

Airbus A310 MRTT

Apart from the Marine helicopters and the Luftwaffe Tornadoes, the German Air Force will likely contribute with an Airbus A310 MRTT tanker/transport aircraft. How many combat jets will be sent is not announced yet, but the total number of personnel involved is preliminary set at 1,200, including 200 on board the frigate.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado ECR (Image © Elmer van Hest)

A German Air Force A310 MRTT tanker/transport aircraft (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A German Air Force A310 MRTT tanker/transport aircraft (Image © Elmer van Hest)