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Operation Iraqi Freedom Quick Facts



Quick Facts
current as of 04/23/03
Source: Defense Official

Total sorties (today/since March 19): about 705/about 47,600
Strike sorties (today/since March 19): about 125/about 17,200


Air and space supremacy sorties (today/since March 19): about 30/about 5,550


Combat search and rescue sorties (today/since March 19): about 10/about 240


Aerial refueling sorties (today/since March 19): about 70/about 9,700


Aerial refueling offloads (through April 21): 410 million pounds (60 million gals)


Airlift sorties (today/since March 19): about 400/about 11,450


Cargo moved (through April 21): about 81,570 short tons





Quick Facts
current as of 04/15/03
Source: Defense Official

Total sorties (today/since March 19): about 1,050/about 41,850
Strike sorties (today/since March 19): about 275/about 15,825


Air and space supremacy sorties (today/since March 19): about 80/about 5,350


Combat search and rescue sorties (today/since March 19): less than 5/about 275


Aerial refueling sorties (today/since March 19): about 175/about 8,825


Aerial refueling offloads (through April 13): 366 million pounds (54 million gals)


Airlift sorties (today/since March 19): about 425/about 8,725


Cargo moved (through April 13): about 63,950 short tons





Quick Facts
current as of 04/10/03
Source: Defense Official

Total sorties flown: 1,750
Strike sorties: About 550
Aerial refueling sorties: About 350
Airlift sorites: About 425
Air & Space supremacy sorties: About 275
C2ISR sorties: About 120
Combat Search and Rescue: About 10



Quick Facts
current as of 04/09/03
Source: Defense Official

The U.S. Air Force is a critical part of the air component attacking the Iraqi regime. Nearly 800 Air Force aircraft are engaged in combat operations and combat support missions 24/7 across every square foot of Iraq.

In the first 20 days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, airmen:
• Conducted more than 1,500 GPS satellite uploads to provide enhanced GPS accuracies less than four meters spherical error probable (a 3-dimensional measure of accuracy) for coalition operations throughout the theater.



Quick Facts
current as of 04/08/03
Source: Defense Official

Total air component sorties since March 19
• About 32,000 total sorties.
• More than 12,500 strike sorties.
• More than 6,500 tanker sorties.
• More than 6,000 airlift sorties.
• More than 2,150 command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties.

Over last 24 hours:
• Flew 1,700 sorties. (About 550 strike sorties, 325 air refueling sorties, 425 airlift sorties, and 100 C2ISR sorties)

• Coalition air forces have transferred about 270 million pounds (40 million gallons) of fuel during aerial refueling missions from March 19 to April 6.

Munitions
• Coalition air forces have used about 15,000 guided-muntions, 7,100 unguided-munitions. Nearly 70 percent of all munitions used have been precision guided.



Quick Facts
current as of 04/06/03
Source: Defense Official

Total air component sorties since March 19
• About 28,500 total sorties.
• More than 11,000 strike sorties.
• More than 5,800 tanker sorties.
• More than 5,300 airlift sorties.
• More than 1,900 command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties.

Over last 24 hours:
• Flew 1,850 sorties. (About 600 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties, 425 airlift sorties, and 150 C2ISR sorties)

• Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.

Priorities / themes
• The majority of air component forces are focusing on close air support operations for ground forces.
• About 20 percent of small percentage air component forces are focusing on preventing Iraqi military aircraft from taking off.
• Coalition intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets are providing persistent coverage of the battlefield and relaying data to controllers and strike forces in near real time.



Quick Facts
current as of 04/05/03
Source: Defense Official

Air component sorties
• About 25,000 sorties have been flown since March 19.

Over last 24 hours:
• Flew 1,850 sorties (More than 700 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties, 350 airlift sorties, and 100 command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties)

• Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.

Priorities / themes
• Of more than 700 strike sorties, 80 percent focused on destroying Iraqi ground forces.
• Air component forces are focusing on close air support operations for ground forces.



Quick Facts
current as of 04/03/03
Source: Defense Official
Air component sorties
• More than 23,000 sorties have been flown since March 19.
• Aerial refueling offloads through Tuesday total 184.3 million pounds (27.1 million gallons).


Over last 24 hours:
• More than 1,900 sorties (850 strike sorties, 450 air refueling sorties, and more than 200 airlift sorties)
• Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.


Strike missions
• Of about 850 strike sorties today, almost 85% will focus on destroying Iraqi military forces.
• For the sixth straight day, coalition air forces will conduct around-the-clock bombing operations against the Republican Guard.
• For the fifteenth straight day, coalition air forces will strike regime leadership, command and control and security force targets in downtown Baghdad. Coalition air forces are conducting combat operations 24 hours a day across the entire country of Iraq. At any given time in the course of a day, 200 or more aircraft are involved in combat operations.

Munitions
• All munitions used by air component forces in Baghdad have been laser or satellite guided. Nearly 70 percent of all munitions used since the operation started have been precision guided.


Leaflets
• Leaflets dropped since Oct. 02: More than 26 million.





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Quick Facts
current as of 04/02/03
Source: Defense Official
As a critical part of the air component attacking the Iraqi regime, the U.S. Air Force has been heavily engaged in combat operations and combat support missions.
Nearly 800 Air Force aircraft of all types are flying missions 24 hours a day across every square foot of Iraq.
In the first 13 days of the operation, airmen:

• Conducted more than 5,000 satellite contacts to enable precise coalition air and space operations throughout the region. • Flew nearly 12,000 -- or 60% -- of all sorties.
• Flew nearly 4,000 -- or 100% -- airlift sorties, moving almost 27,000 short tons of cargo and 32,000 passengers.
• Flew more than 2,500 -- 70% -- of all refueling sorties, offloading 107 million pounds (16 million gallons) of fuel to aircraft of every coalition member.
• Flew nearly 200 -- 86% -- of all combat search and rescue sorties.
• Flew nearly 500 -- one-third -- of all command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties.
• Flew nearly 100 Predator and Global Hawk surveillance, reconnaissance and strike sorties.
• Flew nearly 5,000 -- 50% -- of all strike and counterair sorties.


Munitions
• Coalition forces have dropped more than 10,000 precision-guided munitions since the operation began..

Humanitarian Aid
• Within a few days, DOD officials expect two American ships to deliver more than 50,000 tons of wheat, enough to feed 4 to 5 million Iraqis for a month.




Quick Facts
current as of 04/01/03
Source: Defense Official
Coalition air forces are conducting combat operations from an Iraqi airfield under coalition control.

Air component sorties
About 20,000 sorties have been flown since March 19.
Over last 24 hours
• 1,900 sorties (800 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties, and 250 airlift sorties)

Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.

Strike missions
• Of more than 800 strike sorties today, almost two-thirds attacked the Medina, Baghdad and Hammurabi divisions of the Republican Guard, while remainder supported ground force actions in the south, west and north.
• Air component forces continue striking strategic regime leadership, C2 and security force targets in Baghdad.

Munitions
• All munitions used by air component forces in Baghdad have been laser or satellite guided. Nearly 70 percent of all munitions used since the operation started have been precision guided.



Quick Facts
current as of 03/31/03
Source: Defense Official
Coalition air forces are conducting combat operations from an Iraqi airfield under coalition control.

Air component sorties
About 18,000 sorties have been flown since March 19.
Over last 24 hours
• 2,000 sorties (800 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties)

Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.

Strike missions
• Of more than 800 strike sorties today, almost two-thirds attacked the Medina, Baghdad and Hammurabi divisions of the Republican Guard, while another 20 percent supported ground force actions in the south, west and north.
• Coalition air forces continue to operate 24 hours a day over every square foot of Iraq.

Munitions
• More than 70 percent of munitions used during operations have been precision-guided munitions

More Facts:

Air component sorties

Aerial refueling offloads from March 19-29:
136.5 million pounds (20.1 million gals).
Cargo moved from March 19-29:
About 24,000 short tons.
Munitions

Coalition forces have fired more than 700 Tomahawk land attack missiles and dropped more than 8,000 precision-guided munitions since Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
Other facts

There are more than 300,000 coalition troops deployed in support of combat operations, with more than 100,000 of those inside Iraq.
About 2,000 coalition servicemembers "flow" into the theater each day.
Coalition forces have taken more than 4,500 Iraqi prisoners of war.
The AF has dropped more than 26M leaflets in Iraq since October 2002.
On March 29, for the first time in military history, multiple B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit and B-52 Stratofortress long-range bombers targeted the same geographical area at the same time as part of a single strike package. After launching from separate bases, the bombers simultaneously struck leadership and command and control targets


Quick Facts
current as of 03/30/03
Source: Defense Official
Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,800 sorties (800 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties, about 225 airlift sorties and 100 C2ISR sorties)
• Attacked more than 200 aimpoints

Note: Total sortie number does not include the many helicopter sorties in support of special operations, land forces and marine forces.

Strike missions
• More than 80 percent of today's strike sorties supported coalition ground forces in the South, North and West, with 60 percent of all strike sorties focused on degrading the capabilities of three Republican Guard divisions -- the Medina, Baghdad and Hammurabi divisions.
• Coalition air forces will continue attacks against regime command and control and leadership targets in Baghdad.

Munitions
• Precision-guided munitions are still a high percentage of what’s being used.



Quick Facts
current as of 03/29/03
Source: Defense Official
Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,500 sorties (800 strike sorties, 400 air refueling sorties)
• Attacked about 300 aimpoints

Strike missions
• Vast majority of strike sorties were in support of ground troops.
• Coalition air forces continue to fly strikes against strategic and emerging targets, including republican guard and special republican guard and regime leadership targets.

Munitions
• Precision-guided munitions are still a high percentage of what’s being used.



Quick Facts
current as of 03/28/03
Source: Defense Official
Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,500 sorties (700 strike sorties)
• Attacked about 200 aimpoints

Strike missions
• Vast majority of strike sorties were in support of ground troops.
• Coalition air forces continue to fly strikes against strategic and emerging targets, including Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard and regime leadership targets.

Munitions
• Precision-guided munitions are still a high percentage of what’s being used.



 

Quick Facts
current as of 03/27/03
Source: Defense Official
Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,500 sorties (500 strike sorties)
• Attacked about 200 aimpoints

Strike missions
• Flew extensive close air support missions aimed at degrading republican guard divisions in and around Baghdad.
• Strikes focused on Medina (south) and Hamurabi (north) divisions of the republican guard.
• Searched for WMD delivery targets and potential hide sites.

Munitions
• 70% of U.S. Air Force munitions used in the air campaign to date have been precision guided munitions. The percentage dropped from 80 percent because of the shift to close air support.



Quick Facts
current as of 03/26/03
Source: Defense Official

Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,500 sorties (600 strike sorties)
• Attacked about 100 aimpoints

Strike missions
• Struck regime and leadership targets in and around Baghdad.
• Flew extensive close air support missions and attacked targets of opportunity in support of land forces operating in the north and south.
• Strikes focused on Medina and Hamurabi Divisions of the republican guard.
• Searched for WMD delivery targets and potential hide sites.
• Dropped leaflets to advise civilian population to stay safe by staying home and to encourage regular army to surrender rather than fight.
• Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, interdiction, refueling, special ops and suppression of enemy air defenses continue.

Munitions
• Since March 20, U.S. forces have fired more than 600 Tomahawks and dropped more than 4,300 precision-guided weapons.
• 80% of U.S. Air Force munitions used in the air campaign to date have been precision guided munitions. PGMs accounted for less than 10% of all munitions used during Operation Desert Storm.

Ground war
• 250,000 Americans are involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 40,000 coalition troops, mostly British, are also helping liberate the country.
• Coalition forces have taken more than 4,000 Iraqi prisoners of war.



Quick Facts
current as of 03/25/03
Source: Defense Official

Air component sorties over last 24 hours
1,500+ sorties (U.S. and coalition)
Attacked about 100 aimpoints (preplanned targets vs. emerging targets of opportunity)

Strike missions

U.S. and coalition air forces continue around the clock attacks on Iraqi regime leadership and command and control facilities in and around Baghdad. Missions include:

SCUD hunting in the western regions.
Close air support in the northern, western and southern regions. . Targeting military forces, especially republican guard and special republican guard units. . Other selected and emerging targets.

Munitions

80% of U.S. Air Force munitions used in the air campaign were precision guided munitions (PGMs). PGMs accounted for less than 10% of all munitions used during Operation Desert Storm.

Air refuelling

About 15% of the total sorties were air refueling missions. Aerial refueling capability allows coalition aircraft to fly long distances in the theater quickly and return safely. The tanker community has a saying, "No bomb gets dropped without refueling."


Quick Facts
current as of 03/24/03

Air component sorties over last 24 hours
• 1,500+ sorties (U.S. and coalition)
• Attacked 200 aimpoints (preplanned targets vs. emerging targets of opportunity)

Strike missions
U.S. and coalition air forces continue around the clock attacks on Iraqi regime leadership positions in and around Baghdad. Missions include: • SCUD hunting in the western regions.
• Close air support in the northwestern and southern regions.
• Targeting military forces, especially Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard units.
• Other selected and emerging targets.

Munitions
• 80% of U.S. Air Force munitions used in the air campaign were precision guided munitions (PGMs). PGMs accounted for less than 10% of all munitions used during Operation Desert Storm.

Source: Defense Official


Quick Facts
current as of 03/21/03
Air component Sorties
• 2000 sorties (1000 strike sorties)
• Attacked 1500 aimpoints
• 1000 cruise missiles, air and sea launched

Strategic target set
was in 5 categories:

1. Integrated air defense systems

2. Regime Command and Control

3. Regime Security

4. Regime Leadership

5. Weapons of Mass Destruction

Air Force aircraft flying
F-117, B-2, B-52, B-1, F-15, F-16, A-10 plus Navy strike aircraft


• Flew through heavy defenses/no launch of enemy aircraft
• Airplanes took off as far away as Whiteman AFB, Diego Garcia, and RAF Fairford
• Diego Garcia and Fairford sorties 16 hours round trip
• Whiteman 34 hours roundtrip
30 more airbases from a dozen countries plus 5 carriers (very complex command and control)

Munitions
• Every munition used against the strategic target set was a PGM (heavy on JDAMS penetrating and nonpenetrating kind) and EGBU-27s
• B-52s dropped CALCMS (Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles)
• B-2s dropped JDAMS (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
• F-117s released EGBU-27s in the last 24 hours
• No GBU-28 ("Bunker Buster", 5000lb), MOABs (21000lb, Massive Ordnance Air Blast) or BLU-82 (15000lb, DAISY CUTTER)

Source: Defense Official