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World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Fighter jet mission over the football stadiums


The ball is rolling below, military aircraft are circling above: At the World Cup in Qatar, pilots from several countries are providing security with patrol flights. Jets from NATO member states are also used in the Gulf dictatorship.

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Take off to secure the airspace: A fighter jet takes off on a patrol flight over the soccer stadiums in Qatar.

A total of eight jets will be used to ensure safety in the sky during the World Cup.

The Royal Air Force is also involved.

Chris Wright, British Air Force Officer:

“We call our role here 'armed aviation security'.

As you can see from the Typhoon behind me, it's an air defense fighter.

Flying a variety of aircraft with the Qatar Air Force is a multifaceted defense operation of a civilian sporting event.

It's great to be a part of and if we keep doing our job well, most people won't even know we're here, over their heads while they're enjoying the Games."

So far there have been no major security incidents in the World Cup.

The cooperation between the kingdom and Qatar should also continue after the games.

The USA, France, Italy, Pakistan and Turkey are also partly involved in the security operation in the country.

Military cooperation between several countries could also be used at other major international events in the future, according to the British Air Force.

But now the armed forces are concentrating on the World Cup final next Sunday.

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-12-16

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