Dutch bombs on Libya

16th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Denmark has bought Dutch bombs for F-16 fighter jets to launch strikes against ground targets in Libya. The first shipment will be collected by the Danish airforce in one or two weeks.

Deputy armed forces commander Vice Admiral Wim Nagtegaal made the announcement on Thursday during a military briefing in parliament on the NATO mission in Libya.

The Vice Admiral Nagtegaal said dozens of bombs are being sold to Denmark, but could not specify the amount involved in a public meeting. Denmark submitted a request for Dutch ordnance several weeks ago because they are facing a shortage of bombs.

The Netherlands is taking part in the enforcement of the UN arms embargo against Libya, but is not presently carrying out air strikes. Vice Admiral Nagtegaal said the shipment of bombs was a normal aspect of the NATO agreements: “When there is a need for parts among member states, then they are often exchanged for identical systems.”

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