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June 2 airpower summary: A-10 hits target

6/3/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations June 2, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs dropped a general purpose 500-pound bomb, a guided bomb unit-12, GBU-31s and GBU-38s onto enemy combatants in the vicinity of Bahramchan. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller declared the missions successful.

An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper fired a Hellfire missile onto enemy combatants in Kandahar. The mission was reported as a success by a JTAC.

An F-15E conducted shows of force in order to deter enemy activities against coalition forces in Orgune. A JTAC confirmed the missions as successful.

Air Force A-10s fired rockets and cannon rounds onto enemy combatant fighting positions in the vicinity of Nangalam. Furthermore, F-15Es dropped GBU-31s and GBU-38s onto enemy combatant fighting positions in the same area. The missions were declared successful by a JTAC.

In Zormat, F-15Es dropped a GBU-38 and GBU-12s onto enemy combatants. A JTAC reported the mission as a success.

A Royal Air Force GR-9 Harrier successfully performed a show of force over enemy positions in Uruzgan.

A French 2000 Mirage and a GR-9 Harrier conducted shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in Farah. The missions were confirmed as successful by a JTAC.

In the vicinity of Orgune, A-10s performed shows of force in order to deter enemy activities in the area. A JTAC declared the missions successful.

In total, 52 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.

Twelve Air Force and RAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 67 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions integrated and synchronized coalition ground forces, protected key infrastructure, provided overwatch for reconstruction activities and helped to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Twenty-seven Air Force, Navy and Royal Australian Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, four Navy aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.

Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intra-theater heavy airlift, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Approximately 144 airlift sorties were flown, 484 tons of cargo delivered and 2,541 passengers were transported.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Iraq and Japan flew as part of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.

On June 1, Air Force and RAF tanker crews flew 53 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.9 million pounds of fuel to 239 receiving aircraft.

 



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