German airforce runs first refueling mission over Syria

A German airforce Airbus A400M military aircraft taxis along the runway at German army Bundeswehr airbase in Jagel. (Reuters)

Germany’s military staged its first aerial refueling mission of allied fighter jets targeting Syria’s ISIS group, the armed forces said Wednesday.

The A310 MRTT refueled two combat aircraft Tuesday before returning from its five-hour mission shortly after midnight to the southern Turkey military base at Incirlik, said a Bundeswehr spokesman, without identifying the other planes involved.

The tanker aircraft is part of Berlin’s deployment to aid the multinational anti-ISIS coalition, which also includes six German Tornado surveillance jets, a frigate helping protect the French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and up to 1,200 troops.

Unlike France, the United States and Britain, Germany is not conducting bombing missions.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45