Belgian air force F-16s have been flying night missions over Libya since 13 May, Belgian Defense revealed today.
During their first mission, they attacked static logistic sites like tank maintenance facilities. Since 13 May, Belgian F-16s have flown 52 hours at night, dropping 12 bombs which destroyed 10 targets and damaged two others.
Night flights were not possible before 13 May because of maintenance work on the runway at Araxos, the Greek base from where the Belgians are operating. Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem had to make a personal request to his Greek counterpart, Evangelos Venizelos, for the work to be completed.
Six Belgian F-16AMs have been participating in Operation Freedom Falcon, the Belgian air force's contribution to NATO's Operation Unified Protector, since 21 March, flying 690 hours and dropping around 100 bombs.
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