German cockpits too bright for anti-terror night flights

2016-01-19 18:47


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Berlin -  The German military is unable to fly its Tornado jets on night time reconnaissance missions against Islamic State (ISIS) as the bright lights in the cockpits reflect too much and blind the pilots, a newspaper report said on Tuesday.

The reason for the brightness is new hardware and software, the Bild tabloid reported, citing a spokesperson for the Luftwaffe, or German Air Force.

The Luftwaffe was working on a "prompt interim solution", Bild cited the spokesperson as saying, adding that they hoped the problem would be rectified by the end of the year.

Germany started reconnaissance missions over Syria and Iraq at the beginning of 2016 to help in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist militia that controls large parts of both countries.

The Luftwaffe said the lack of night flights would not endanger the operation. Reconnaissance results were much better by day in any case, the spokesperson said.

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