No. 70 Squadron IqAF

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No. 70 Squadron IqAF
Active August 2004-current
Country Iraq
Branch Iraqi Air Force
Role Reconnaissance
Size 58 personnel
Base Basra International Airport
Engagements Battle of Basra (2008)
Fin Flash Flag of Iraq.svg
Aircraft flown
Reconnaissance 12 x CH2000

No. 70 Squadron is one of two reconnaissance squadrons of the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF), the other being the No. 3 Sqn IqAF based at Kirkuk Air Base.

Current use[edit]

70 Sqn is based at Basra International Airport and is responsible for securing the southern Iraqi border and protecting Iraqi infrastructure.[1] It currently consists of 12 CH2000 reconnaissance/ liaison aircraft.[2] 2 Seabird Seekers[1][3] had been previously used by the squadron, but now appear to have been withdrawn.[citation needed]

During the Iraqi Army offensive against the Mahdi Army in March 2008, the squadron flew 53 missions over Basra, providing 91 hours of intelligence and reconnaissance to Iraqi Army forces on the ground, including information about enemy troop concentration and bomb damage assessments.[4]

See also[edit]