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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 631-96
November 12, 1996

UPDATE ON F-16 HARM MISSILE LAUNCHES

On Nov. 4, 1996 the Secretary of Defense directed the Joint Staff to perform a review and assessment of the two launches of AGM-88C High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles in the Central Command area of operations.

Further analysis of the Nov. 2 and 4 missile launches by U.S. aircraft over Iraq has confirmed that both F-16CJ aircraft encountered threat radar emitters.

The assessment team also found the performance of the pilots to be highly professional and that they operated properly under the Rules of Engagement.

The Operation Southern Watch mission continues as directed, including normal sorties through the no-fly zone.