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No-Fly Zones

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since October 2002 coalition aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone in Iraq have (a) detected violations of the no-fly zones, (b) detected a direct threat to a coalition aircraft and (c) responded in self defence; how much ordnance was released in each month since October 2002; and if he will make a statement. [99714]

[holding answer 3 March 2003]: The information requested is only currently available up to the end of January. No-fly zone (NFZ) violations are detected in several ways, though rarely by tactical aircraft. The number of violations recorded, by month, in the southern no-fly zone, is as follows:

October 20022
November 20022
December 20029
January 20032
Coalition aircraft recorded threats on a total of 113 occasions, as follows
October 200214
November 200248
January 200333
Coalition aircraft in the southern NFZ responded in self defence against Iraqi Air Defence targets on 41 occasions in the period, and released 128.4 tons of ordnance.
Responses conducted in self defence
October 20026
November 200210
December 200213
January 200312
Tonnage of ordance released
October 200217.7
November 200233.6
December 200253.2
January 200323.9