RAF Tornados Replace Harriers in Afghanistan

The UK’s Joint Force Harrier GR.9 aircraft returned from Afghanistan in July, leaving the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) manned fixed-wing close air support contribution to coalition forces in Afghanistan resting on the Panavia Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft. With the necessary infrastructure at Kandahar Airfield now in place, GR.4s from No. 12 (Bomber) Squadron were deployed to Afghanistan in June and, after joint operations with the Harrier force, took over sole responsibility for...
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