Libya: Armed Conflict

Defence written question – answered on 19th May 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sorties have been flown over Libya by UK armed forces; and in how many such sorties weapons have been deployed.

Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many sorties the (a) GR4 Tornado and (b) Typhoon has flown in Operation Ellamy; what type of mission was flown in each case; and how many weapons of each type were released;

(2) how many dual mode Brimstone missiles have been used by UK forces in Operation Ellamy to date.

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

Up to 8 May 2011 the UK has flown about 300 GR4 Tornado and 140 Typhoon sorties as part of Operation Ellamy. Both aircraft types have conducted missions to protect civilians in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1973, and the Typhoons have also conducted missions in support of no-fly zone enforcement.

In all, approximately 240 weapons have been fired by these aircraft during these missions. These were a combination of Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone and Storm Shadow missiles, Enhanced Paveway II and Paveway IV Precision Guided Munitions. I am unable to provide a breakdown of these figures for reasons of operational security.

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