OTTAWA — Canada’s aircraft reached two significant milestones recently as they surpassed the 1000th sortie flown and exceeded 100 air strikes in support of the coalition air campaign in Iraq and Syria.
In October 2014, Canada deployed six CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft, one CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller and two CP-140M Aurora surveillance aircraft as part of Op IMPACT. They contribute to coalition air operations with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, aerial refueling, and airstrike missions using precision guided munitions.
As of 6 June 2015, Canadian aircraft had conducted 1016 sorties. These include 661 sorties by CF-188 Hornet fighters; 185 reconnaissance missions by CP-140 Aurora aircraft, and 170 sorties by CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller, delivering more than 10 million pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft.
As of June 8, 2015, Canada’s CF-18’s also surpassed the milestone of 100 air strikes.
· Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force – the multinational coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS.
· The Canadian contribution to coalition operations against ISIS includes approximately 600 personnel, including aircrew support elements, such as command and control and logistics. This includes 70 members of the Canadian Armed Forces already working with American forces in an advisory and assistance role by providing strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi security forces.
· Many factors determine the frequency of air strikes in a coalition setting, including target availability. The frequency with which CF-18s operate is coordinated by the US-led Coalition in consideration of operational requirements.
· On March 30, 2015, the CAF mission was formally extended for up to 12 months and its mission expanded to authorize the conduct of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.
“I am proud of our men and women in uniform who continue to make significant contributions to Coalition operations. The achievement of these milestones again proves the capability of the Canadian Armed Forces to fight alongside our Allies and degrade the capability of ISIS to conduct operations in the region.”
Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
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