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Updated: 31 May 1999 Operation Allied Force Update

NATO HQ

31 May 1999
0930

Operation Allied Force Update

In one of the most intense days of Operation Allied Force, NATO aircraft struck far and wide at strategic and tactical targets throughout Serbia, further reducing the military capability and effectiveness of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia military and police apparatus.

NATO flew 772 sorties, the second highest mission total of the campaign. This included 323 strike and 92 suppression of air defence missions. This strike/SEAD combination of 415 is the highest strike rate of Operation Allied Force.

Regarding ground forces deployed in Kosovo, NATO aircraft successfully located, identified and struck significant numbers of weapons and equipment. These attacks included 12 tanks, seven artillery pieces, six armoured personnel carriers, two mortar positions, 10 revetted positions, a radar site and other military vehicle and troop positions.

The list of strategic targets hit is one of the largest in the 68 days of Operation Allied Force. Targets included:

Electrical power transmission tower near Belgrade

Army barracks at:

  • Vranje
  • Novi Pazar
  • Aleksinac
  • Surdulica
  • Gnjilane
  • Belgrade

Border posts at:

  • Burovik
  • Dunavo
  • Slavujevac
  • Presevo

Military storage areas at:

  • Besinje
  • Belgrade
  • Ostruznica
  • Vucitrn
  • Leskovac

Command bunker at Avala

Air defense command post at:

  • Novi Sad
  • Rakovica

Highway bridge at:

  • Vladicin
  • Varvarin
  • Bare
  • Donje Trnjance

Airfields at:

  • Nis
  • Ponikve

Ammunition storage sites at:

  • Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Surdulica
  • Pristina
  • Gnjilane
  • Nis

Petroleum storage sites at:

  • Leskovac
  • Kraljevo
  • Sombor

Petroleum refueling station at Marash

Highway tunnel at Sremska Kamenica (used as storage site)

Radio relay sites at:

  • Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Besna Kobila
  • Sremska Kamenica

Radio communication stations at:

  • Stubline
  • Sremska Karlovci
  • Zarkovo

AM radio broadcast stations at:

  • Subotica
  • Sombor
  • Belgrade

TV/FM relay stations at:

  • Zubin Potok
  • Kragujevac Crni
  • Palist
  • Dimitrograd
  • Pirot

All NATO aircraft returned safely. Allied Force operations are underway on Day 69. Further details will be available at the NATO morning update at 1030.

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