UK using Cyprus airbase to support Iraq mission

British aircraft have been deployed to the Akrotiri airbase to support aid deliveries to Iraq.

UK using Cyprus airbase to support Iraq mission

World Bulletin / News Desk

Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) is using its Akrotiri military base on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus to support the delivery of aid to stranded refugees in Iraq.

Flightglobal reported that a “small number” RAF Panavia GR4 Tornado combat aircraft fitted with the Rafael Litening III reconnaissance and targeting pods have been deployed on the base after leaving the UK's Marham airbase on Tuesday.

The aircraft aim to provide surveillance support to logistics aircraft in the delivery of aid to mainly Yazidi civilians who became stranded on Iraq's Mount Sinjar after fleeing their homes.

Two Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports were also deployd to deliver aid, but the mission was aborted due to security concerns. The Tornados will ensure the surroundings are safe so that future deliveries can be made.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2014, 13:58