Sept. 22, 2011 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: British Forces News; posted Sept. 22, 2011)
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced that four Typhoons and three Apache helicopters are to be withdrawn from the Libya operation.
Welcoming the announcement by NATO that the mission was continuing for another 90 days, Dr Fox said "good progress" in the operation means some of the aircraft can be brought home.
He said: “The UK has been at the forefront of the campaign since the outset and as the Prime Minister has made clear throughout, the UK will maintain its commitment for as long as it is required.
"Our support for the people of Libya at this critical time is unwavering and NATO’s mission to protect civilians must continue until it is no longer necessary.
"That’s why we have decided to keep 16 Tornado aircraft on operations to sustain the required fast jet sortie rate and we intend to keep two Attack Helicopters in Theatre for as long as required." (ends)
British Army AH-64 Longbow Apaches are equipped with CRV7 70mm rocket systems.