June 7 airpower summary: A-10s hit enemy in Afghanistan
6/9/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations June 7, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fired rockets, cannon rounds and dropped general purpose 500-pound bombs onto enemy combatants in Gardez. An on-scene joint terminal attack controller declared the mission a success.
An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dropped a guided bomb unit-38 onto enemy combatants in the vicinity of Now Zad. The mission was reported as successful by a JTAC.
An Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped GBU-38s and GBU-31s onto enemy combatant firing positions in Musa Qal'eh. A JTAC confirmed the mission as a success.
A Royal Air Force GR-9 Harrier conducted a show of force over enemy positions in the vicinity of Deh Chopan. The mission was declared a success by a JTAC.
In Kabul, an A-10 performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities in the area. A JTAC reported the mission as a success.
In the vicinity of Bermel, A-10s fired rockets, cannon rounds, and dropped GBU-12s onto enemy combatant firing teams. The mission was confirmed as successful by a JTAC.
In Zormat, F-15Es dropped GBU-31s onto enemy combatants. A JTAC declared the mission a success.
A GR-9 Harrier fired rockets onto enemy positions in the vicinity of Deh Chopan.
Furthermore, the GR-9 conducted a show of force in the area in order to deter enemy activities against coalition forces. The missions were reported as a success by a JTAC.
A B-1B dropped GBU-31s and GBU-38s onto an enemy building and a weapons cache in Gardez. A JTAC confirmed the mission as a success.
A GR-9 performed a show of force over enemy positions in Musah Qal'eh. The mission was declared a success by a JTAC.
A French 2000 Mirage conducted a show of force in order to deter enemy activities in Orgune. A JTAC reported the mission as a success.
In total, 46 close-air-support missions were flown as part of the ISAF and Afghan security forces, reconstruction activities and route patrols.
Eleven Air Force and Royal Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, two RAF aircraft performed tactical reconnaissance.
In Iraq, a Navy F/A-18 Hornet performed a show of force in order to deter enemy activities in Baqubah. The mission was confirmed as a success by a JTAC.
In total, coalition aircraft flew 56 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 Air Force and Navy ISR aircraft flew missions as part of operations in Iraq. Additionally, eleven Air Force, Navy and RAF 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 101 airlift sorties were flown, 267 tons of cargo delivered and 2,173 passengers were transported. This included approximately 36,000 pounds of troop re-supply air-dropped in Afghanistan.
Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada and Iraq flew as part of operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.
On June 6, Air Force, French, RAF and Singaporean tanker crews flew 55 sorties and off-loaded approximately 2.9 million pounds of fuel to 217 receiving aircraft.
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