Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:May 3rd, 2006 07:23 EST

CENTAF air power summary

By SOP newswire

In Afghanistan May 2, Air Force F-15 Eagles successfully struck two caves near Asadabad with precision-guided JDAMs. Initial reports indicate secondary explosions were seen from the caves, used by enemy forces to store weapons, after the strike and the cave entrances where effectively sealed. The planned strike was in continued support of Operation Mountain Lion.

In total, coalition aircraft flew 22 close-air-support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and presence route patrols.

Six Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air-support missions for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Air Force F-15s and F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Balad and Ramadi.

In addition, 13 Air Force, Navy and Royal Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Air Force and Navy fighter aircraft flew in non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intratheater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew 150 airlift sorties, delivered 455 tons of cargo and transported 3,905 passengers.

Coalition C-130 crews from Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea flew in support of either OIF or OEF.

On May 1, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 32 sorties and off-loaded almost 2.1 million pounds of fuel.

Source: Air Force Link