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Ghardabiya Airbase is a dual-function airbase for the Libyan Air Force 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte.[4] It also incorporates an airport for civilian use.[5]

Ghardabiya Airbase

Sirte Airport
Ghardabiya Airfield - Damaged Aircraft Shelters - Operation Odyssey Dawn.jpg
United States Department of Defense reconnaissance photo of hangars at Ghardabiya
Airport typeMilitary/Public
ServesSirte, Libya
Elevation AMSL270 ft / 82 m
Coordinates31°03′38″N 16°36′42″E / 31.06056°N 16.61167°E / 31.06056; 16.61167Coordinates: 31°03′38″N 16°36′42″E / 31.06056°N 16.61167°E / 31.06056; 16.61167
SRX is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Direction Length Surface
m ft
31/13 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
18/36 3,600 11,811 Asphalt
Source: GCM[1] SkyVector[2] Google Maps[3]

All runways have 305 metres (1,001 ft) displaced thresholds.

The Sirte non-directional beacon (Ident: SRT) is located 7.8 nautical miles (14.4 km) north of the airport, in the city. The Sirte VOR-DME (Ident: SRT) is located on the field.[6][7]

Military useEdit

It is the home base of 1124th Bomber Squadron and 1st Fighter-Bomber Squadron which operate the Su-22 aircraft.[8] The base also operates the Aero L-39 Albatross for counterinsurgency missions.

Civilian useEdit

Due to the Libyan Civil War (2011) all flights were suspended; however, since the end of the conflict, Libyan Airlines have resumed service. It is unknown if Tibesti Air Libya is using the airport.

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Libyan Civil War (2011)Edit

It was targeted by United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers equipped with precision-guided munitions (PGMs) during the Libyan Civil War (2011) on 20 and 21 March 2011.[9] The United States Navy also participated in the attack to deny the Libyan Air Force operational capability with the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles.[10][11]

In May 2015, ISIL militants took control of the airport only weeks after seizing full control of nearby Sirte.[12] On 4 June 2016, Pro-Libyan government fighters stated that they had captured the airbase from ISIL.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for Ghardabiya Airbase at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Sirte/Ghardabya International". SkyVector. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Gardabya Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
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  5. ^ Dagher, Sam; Trofimov, Yaroslav; Hodge, Nathan (2011-03-21). "Allies Press Libya Attacks". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  6. ^ "Sirte NDB". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Sirte VOR". Our Airports. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  8. ^ Pike, John. "Air Order of Battle". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  9. ^ Marcus, Jonathan (2011-03-21). "Who should command in Libya?". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  10. ^ With Libyan Air Defense Neutralized, Coalition Air Forces Target Libyan Ground Forces | Defense Update - Military Technology & Defense News
  11. ^ "Libyan Navy Attacked by Fighter Jets - Updated". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  12. ^ "Islamic State militants in Libya 'seize Sirte airport'". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  13. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Libyan brigades capture air base from Islamic State south of Sirte:..." U.S. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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