Jan. 11 airpower summary
By SOF Editor on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 10:56am
Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 11, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
Air Operations in Afghanistan:
Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operators provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. When friendly forces reported taking enemy fire, the operators received coordinates for the enemy position and released a precision-guided munition against the enemy target, which eliminated the threat. All enemy fire ceased.
Pilots flying Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons provided armed overwatch and force protection for a convoy and medevac mission. The convoy requested route surveillance of a historical hotspot for improvised explosive devices prior to the convoy's arrival. Suspicious personnel were noted beneath a bridge and in close proximity. Later, pilots conducted shows of force to deter enemy fire on a medevac mission. The shows of force were effective at stopping enemy fire during the medevac extraction mission.
Air Force pilots flying F-16Cs provided armed overwatch for a friendly forces convoy. When the convoy reported taking enemy fire, pilots received coordinates for the enemy position and released several precision-guided munitions against the enemy target, which eliminated the threat. The enemy fire ceased.
Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots provided armed overwatch and surveillance for friendly forces. When the pilots observed enemy forces firing on the friendly position, they made a request to counter attack. Pilots fired a rocket to mark the enemy position and then commenced a strafing run of cannon fire against the enemy position, which terminated all activity at the enemy site.
Coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. Suspicious personnel and activity were observed at an enemy compound and the aircraft was tasked with conducting shows of force to deter enemy activity in the area. The shows of force were deemed successful as the suspicious personnel left the area without any contact with friendly forces.
Air operations in Iraq:
There was no significant action to report today.
U.S. Air Force airlift sorties: 147
Short tons of delivered cargo: 562
Passengers: nearly 4,600
Airdropped cargo: nearly 75,000 pounds
Sorties flown to support ISAF and Afghan security forces: 79
Sorties flown to support Operation Iraqi Freedom: 18
Surveillance and reconnaissance:
Sorties flown in Afghanistan: 29
Sorties flown in Iraq: 26
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Afghanistan: None
Tactical reconnaissance sorties flown in Iraq: two Air Force
On Jan. 10, Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk aircrews and pararescue Airmen transported five patients
Sorties flown: 47
Fuel delivered: nearly 3.3 million pounds
Aircraft refueled: 246