MOSKIT for the UK RAF

07 July 2015
OREL Iraq

Since the first MOSKITs were supplied to the UK Royal Air Force in 1990 the lighting system has been deployed on all RAF overseas deployments.

The first operational deployment of MOSKIT was during the Gulf War in 1991 at the Tabuk Air Base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; since then it has been deployed operationally in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and most recently Iraq.

MOSKIT allows the UK and other allied nations to support 24-hour air operations, under visual and NVG flight rules, from repaired, temporary and emergency airfields. It can be transported by military aircraft such as the C-130 or C-17 and is certified for helicopter sling load transport. The system can be rapidly deployed within 20 minutes of arrival at the airfield to form a 1500m minimum operating strip. A tactical air traffic controller working on the ground or from a temporary or permanent air traffic control tower can operate light units remotely.

The highly mobile "Tactical Communications Wing" of the Royal Air Force regularly uses MOSKIT when supporting overseas deployment of UK military forces.