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.
“technical”? Looked like it had a canopy not a crew served weapon.
Unit cost$2,082.50 (in 2001)I think now is costing double
Now the fuel cost of one operation like the first attack on syria, costs $22,000 to $62,000 USD hourly!
There’s a lone brimstone in a three-rack in that photo of the previous article
A technical is essentially a Toyota pickup truck with a large caliber mg mounted on the bed. It’s formidable against unarmed civilians and farmers carrying AK’s, but that’s about it. The person operating the mg is fully exposed and can easily be taken down by well concealed positions that can offer crossfire.
Why aren’t they helping to destroy Isis around Mosul instead of wasting ammo on trucks ? if we need to save this city from these scum we’d better get cracking.