Berlin / Nürburgring (dpa / lrs) – The Bundeswehr flies deep over the Ahr valley in an Airbus on Thursday morning. The Bundeswehr announced this on Wednesday evening at the Nürburgring. The aircraft stationed in Geilenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, should use thermal and infrared cameras to provide new knowledge and data about the river bed after the flood. It is an open skies observation aircraft.
The Air Force had already helped with a special aircraft on Wednesday with a more precise assessment of the storm damage in western Germany. A tornado reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Eifel region near Ahrweiler on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Berlin.
The Bundeswehr is using technology that was also recently used for long-range reconnaissance over Syria and Iraq. According to the ministry, the high-resolution images should help to better identify damage and determine where help is still needed. Bundeswehr pioneers who are deployed on the ground requested support.
The tornado scouts come from Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 “Immelmann” from Jagel (Schleswig-Holstein). The photos are evaluated by German armed forces experts in Schleswig. If further questions arise from the recordings, further flights are possible, according to the Ministry of Defense, in which the minimum flight altitude of 1500 meters could be undercut. A spokesman for the Air Force reported in Berlin that there was a request from the Army.
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