F-16s take two millionth photo over Afghanistan
15 February 2012, 10.06 hrs
On 11 February 2012, Dutch F-16s took their 2 millionth photo over Afghanistan, using the RecceLite photo reconnaissance system. The fighter aircraft are stationed in Mazar-e Sharif, in the north of the Asian country.
The F-16 detachment has been flying reconnaissance missions with the RecceLite system since September 2009. By reconnoitring routes and detecting improvised explosive devices, the air force makes a daily contribution to the security of ISAF military personnel, including the Dutch police trainers in Kunduz.
Analysts at the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Centre in Mazar-e Sharif receive the pictures even before the aircraft has landed. After analysis, the ground station sends the pictures to the coalition partners, who use the information to limit the risks to their personnel.
The Netherlands is the only coalition partner in Afghanistan which has this reconnaissance technology. ISAF partners therefore regularly submit requests for reconnaissance missions.