Here’s the effect of the first British air strike on ISIS in Iraq.
On Sept. 30, RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft from RAF Akrotiri airbase, Cyprus, attacked ISIS positions in northwestern Iraq.
The two planes, were flying an armed reconnaissance mission when they were tasked to support Kurdish troops who were under attack from ISIS terrorists.
During the second strike, the British “Tonkas” destroyed a “technical” (armed pick-up truck) with a Brimstone missile.
The Brimstone, is a fire-and-forget anti-armour missile, first fielded during 2008 after an urgent operational requirement, used on the RAF’s Harriers during operations over Afghanistan, that became the RAF weapons of choice during in the Air War over Libya.
The Tornado GR4, that didnt’ carry the Brimstone on their very first armed patrol over Iraq, carry a mixed load out with a single rack of three Brimstones and two Paveway IV 226kg bombs along with the Rafael Litening III targeting pod.
Optimized for use against fast moving platforms, these small guided missiles feature a warhead of 9 kg and have a range of 7.5 miles. They use a millimeter wave (mmW) radar seeker with a semi-active laser (SAL) that enables final guidance to the target by either the launching platform or another plane, and are perfect to destroy a vehicle with very low collateral damage risk, and an accuracy of about 1 – 2 meters.
Brimstone is an extensive redevelopment of the AGM-114 Hellfire and can be used on fast jets, helicopters and UAVs.
Wow…the US and allies are bombing trucks, and 2-3 a day to win the war
USA bomb empty buiding, UK fires missile at an empty car..
When I think “Technical” I think pickup, or something like it with a mounted machine gun. I did not see any weapons. Did anybody else?
You are going to see every targeting pod footage that I’ll consider interesting.
WICKED! Bring it on…
Have you seen ANY body count #s from the Pentagon? Or from Code Pink? Conspicuously absent. Period
You can’t count a body from an airstrike dude, it probably was destroyed in the explosion.
It is impossible to count the death toll. It might be 4 guys in the target, or it might be one wating for the others from a piss break. You take out the weapons of war, you take out their means of being dangerous to people on a larger scale.