Updated: 26 May 1999 Operation Allied Force Update


26 May 1999

Operation Allied Force Update

Yesterday NATO aircraft over Kosovo and Serbia were particularly busy, with Day 63 of the campaign proving to be one of the most intensive 24 hour periods of operations of the campaign so far. There were extensive strikes against Serb forces in Kosovo, with attacks on 15 artillery positions, 6 mortar emplacements, 5 tanks, a surface-to-air missile launcher, an anti-aircraft artillery position and several other military revetments.

Some 650 sorties were flown on Day 63, 284 of which were strike sorties and 74 of which were sorties designed to suppress Serb air defences. The number of strike sorties was a new record, and the types of sorties flown continues the trend of an increasing proportion of strike sorties within the total flown.

Activity across the rest of Serbia was also intensive on Day 63, with targets struck including:

The Dobanovci Presidential villa, which contained a command and control bunker, struck for a second night in succession.

TV and radio relay stations and transmitters at:

  • Belgrade
  • Strple
  • Palist
  • Pirot
  • Sremska Karlovca

Army barracks at:

  • Sabac
  • Pec
  • Novi Pasar
  • Pirot

Ammunition storage sites at:

  • Pristina
  • Novi Pazar
  • Kursumlija

Petroleum storage sites at:

  • Leskovac
  • Bor
  • Prahovo

Storage areas at:

  • Pristina
  • Titovo Uzice

Other strikes included an air defence command post at Novi Sad, a command post at Pristina, a military training area at Kraljevo, a support base at Krivovo, a railway tunnel at Pristina, which was being used as a military storage area, and the Belgrade MUP Special Police depot.

All NATO aircraft returned safely, and operations on Day 64 of the operation are well under way. Planning for day 65 is well advanced. Further details will be given in the regular 1500 briefing.

For completeness the figures for sorties flown on Day 62, which were not available yesterday, totaled 537 with 138 strike sorties and 65 suppression of air defence sorties.

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