Britain to send fighter aircraft to Libya

RAF Tornadoes

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that the Royal Air Force is going to provide Tornado and Typhoon aircraft for possible air strikes against Libyan forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“Britain will deploy Tornadoes and Typhoons as well as air-refueling and surveillance aircraft. Preparations to deploy these aircraft have already started and in the coming hours they will move to air bases from where they can start to take the necessary action,” Cameron told the House of Commons.

The RAF Tornado aircraft capable of carrying the Air Launched Anti- Radiation Missile (ALARM), which homes on the emitted radiation of enemy radar systems and can be used for the suppression of enemy air defenses.

The Typhoon on the other hand provides the RAF with a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.

On Thursday, The UN Security council voted to declare a no-fly zone in Libya. Germany was one of the five nations who abstained from the vote, along with China and Russia.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country preferred international economic sanctions against Libya to a military campaign.

“Any military operation will lead to civilian deaths. We will not send German soldiers to participate in the military operation against Libya,” said Westerwelle.


–  Original article from Air-Attack
–  Aircraft Information from Royal Air Force


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