RAF Tornado GR.4s based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus have joined US and French forces in carrying out overnight air strikes against suspected Syrian government chemical weapons facilities. The strikes targeted military bases near the capital Damascus and the city of Homs in response to last week’s alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma.
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson described the missions as “highly successful” and that they were aimed at “degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons.” The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the RAF mission involved Storm Shadow missiles being launched at a former missile base 15 miles west of Homs, where it is thought the Assad regime is stockpiling items used to make chemical weapons.
There have been no reported losses amongst any of the allied forces involved.
Video posted on the Ministry of Defence’s YouTube channel today. On Wednesday December 7th 2016, RAF Typhoon FGR.4s operating out of RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus attacked a Daesh bunker in western Iraq and a Daesh-held building north of Mosul.
Video posted on the Ministry of Defence’s YouTube channel today. On Tuesday 29th November 2016, a Tornado GR.4 scored a direct hit with a Brimstone missile on one of the few main battle tanks (MBTs) operated by Daesh, some ten miles west of Mosul.
Video uploaded to the MoD’s YouTube channel yesterday. On Thursday 17 November 2016, RAF Tornados used an Enhanced Paveway II bomb to successfully strike a Daesh bunker, located in the countryside north-east of Rawah, Iraq.
On Friday May 6th, Daesh terrorists were spotted unloading rockets and mortar projectiles from a number of small boats and a barge on the Euphrates in Anbar province. A Tornado reconnaissance patrol, armed with Brimstone missiles, was first on the scene and prevented the initial load of weapons from being driven away, hitting the terrorists’ truck with a Brimstone while they were still loading it.
A Paveway-armed flight of Typhoons then arrived and used its bombs to destroy the weapons on the shore, and sink the barge. The same Typhoon flight also attacked a mortar position south-west of Fallujah. A second Tornado flight destroyed two heavy machine-gun positions on the north bank of the Euphrates, downstream from the recently liberated town of Hit.
With the rest of the UK focusing on the general election the RAF continues its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). On Sunday May 3rd, two Tornado GR4s provided direct support to Iraqi troops near Bayji and conducted a successful attack with a Paveway precision guided bomb on a concealed ISIL position. Shortly afterwards, a Reaper flying overwatch for an Iraqi unit in Anbar province was able to identify two engineering vehicles which ISIL were using to construct defensive positions – both vehicles were destroyed with Hellfire missiles.
Tornado GR4s also assisted Iraqi troops on the evening of Monday the 4th of May; whilst trying to evacuate wounded comrades, the soldiers came under heavy fire from terrorists positioned in two buildings. Despite the proximity of the friendly forces, careful planning and the accuracy of the Paveway system allowed the GR4s to destroy both terrorist positions and remove the threat to the troops on the ground.
GR4s then provided support to the Kurdish peshmerga on Tuesday May 6th near Mosul, and conducted air strikes with Paveways on ISIL sniper and heavy machine-gun positions.