Air Force Reaches Milestone In Iraq

Air Weapons Systems technicians secure a precision guided munition onto the bomb rack of a CF-18 Hornet in preparation for the next mission during Operation IMPACT on January 13, 2015 near Camp Patrice Vincent, Kuwait.Photo courtesy of OP Impact, Department of National Defense.

Air Weapons Systems technicians secure a precision guided munition onto the bomb rack of a CF-18 Hornet in preparation for the next mission during Operation IMPACT on January 13, 2015 near Camp Patrice Vincent, Kuwait.
Photo courtesy of OP Impact, Department of National Defense.

(OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s aircraft reached two significant milestones recently as they surpassed the 1,000th sortie flown and exceeded 100 air strikes, in support of the coalition air campaign in Iraq and Syria.

In October 2014, Canada deployed six CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, one CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller, and two CP-140M Aurora surveillance aircraft as part of Operation IMPACT.

Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force; the multinational coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS. Canada’s aircraft contribute to coalition air operations with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, aerial refuelling, and airstrike missions using precision guided munitions.

The Canadian contribution to coalition operations against ISIS includes approximately 600 personnel, including aircrew support elements, such as command and control and logistics. This includes 70 members of the Canadian Armed Forces already working with American forces in an advisory and assistance role by providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi security forces.

As of 6 June 2015, Canadian aircraft had conducted 1016 sorties. These include 661 sorties by CF-188 Hornet fighters, 185 reconnaissance missions by CP-140 Aurora aircraft, and 170 sorties by CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller, delivering more than 10 million pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft.

As of yesterday, Canada’s CF-18’s also surpassed the milestone of 100 air strikes.

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