Libya No Fly Zone

19 03 2011
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Libya has declared a ceasefire on rebels because of the UN passing the Security Council Resolution, this gives way to air strikes and other military assistance required to protect the people of Libya apart form a ground invasion which should be avoided if possible.

Britain will be sending Tornado and Typhoon fighter jets along with air to air refueling and surveillance aircraft to enforce the no fly zone, any Libyan aircraft attempting to attack rebel strongholds will be shot down. The main problem now is what to do if the ceasefire stops and fighting recommences.

The jet fighters being sent are specifically designed fo different roles, the Tornado is a ground attack fighter and so will be dealing with ground threats such as vehicles and anti air defenses if necessary whereas as the Typhoon is more of an air to air fighter and can deal with any aircraft which decides to break the to fly zone.

The RAF are under strain because of the MoD cuts, getting rid of the HMS Ark Royal and all the harrier jump jets which could have played a vital role in enforcing the no fly zone, many people including myself regret and miss the HMS Ark Royal and her harriers.

All we can do for now is to wait and see how Col Gaddafi will react to the restrictions that have been put in place and whether this is just a short term solution or be what save the lives of the Libyan people.

Written by JonnyDPayne

Edited by Connor Wheeler