It seems that even a useless sideshow like the Libyan air campaign is too much for the European air forces that are taking part. They need help from the U.S. to make up all of the support components and it appears they are starting to run out of a staple product for any modern air campaign: PGMs (precision guided munitions).
The article doesn’t say the exact kind and only mentions laser guided bombs. I do wonder if the French PGM known as AASM ever got in to this effort.
No tankers, no support jammers, or airlift in quantity and now; too few munitions on hand. Also, one of the participants–the U.K.–has an MOD that is on death watch.
Libya “has not been a very big war. If [the Europeans] would run out of these munitions this early in such a small operation, you have to wonder what kind of war they were planning on fighting,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense think tank. “Maybe they were just planning on using their air force for air shows.”