In the early hours of Saturday morning a pair of RAF Typhoon FGR.4s joined two Tornado GR.4s on a strike over Syria. The Typhoons had barely been at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus for 24 hours before they launched their first mission attacking another of the so-called Islamic State’s oilfields in an effort to financially starve the terrorist group. The RAF has also confirmed that they have flown their first drone missions over Syria.
At present the Royal Air Force have deployed to RAF Akrotiri
- 10 Tornado GR4 strike aircraft
- 6 Typhoon FGR.4 multi-role combat aircraft
- 10 Reaper reconnaissance and attack drones
- 2 RC-135W Rivet Joint electronic intelligence gathering aircraft operating from the UK