On April 3, according to the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and Denmark’s Defense Ministry in the sphere of air transportations and technical agreement, the Ukrainian-Danish joint operation Northern Falcon 2018 has started. This operation is aimed at transportation of the fuel to Greenland. This was reported by the press service of Ukraine’s Armed Forces on Facebook.
23 Ukrainian military servicemen will participate in the operation, among them 11 members of the crew and 10 ground-based engineer personnel of the transport aviation brigade of Ukraine’s Airborne Forces located in Melitopol. The working group also includes officers-coordinators from the Airborne Forces Command: the commander in charge from the Ukrainian side and his assistant.
During the Northern Falcon 2018 operation, Ukrainian military pilots plan to transport by Il-76 plane over 500,000 liters of fuel and other property defined in the agreement, from the United States Thule Air Base to Danish polar base Nord.
During the operation, Ukrainian military pilots plan to deliver over 500,000 liters of fuel, carry out about 25 air transportations and spend around 120 hours in a polar sky. The transportation is to end by May 5. It is also noted that Ukrainian servicemen will perform tasks in severe climate conditions of Arctic with its low temperatures (up to -50C with the wind speed of 15-20 m/sec), storms, absence of ground radio technical means of navigation and additional aerodromes.
As it was reported earlier, in 2017, in the frameworks of a similar operation, the crew of Il-76MD plane of the Ukraine’s Airborne Forces has successfully performed fuel transportation. During the Northern Falcon-2017 operation, 720,000 liters of the aviation fuel was carried from the Thule Air Base to Nord station in Greenland. General flight time of Ukrainan crews during the operation was over 120 hours.