RAF conduct operations in opposition to Islamic State through New Years Eve

Earlier than the New Yr, Twister, Hurricane and Reaper plane carried out profitable airstrikes in each Iraq and Syria.

In line with a pres launch:

“A precision guided Paveway IV weapon was used to destroy a Islamic State artillery place and weapons cache on the outskirts of Mosul. Hid amongst bushes beneath dense foliage, the Twister was in a position to find and rating a success in opposition to the Islamic State goal.

An additional weapons stockpile was focused, this time in Mosul, by a Twister-launched Brimstone weapon. The terrorist weapons had been profitable destroyed by a direct hit. The identical Twister formation was then tasked to a goal in Syria, two kilometres north of Palmyra.

A Brimstone weapon was utilized in a precision assault to destroy a Islamic State artillery weapon which was mounted on a truck. Twister plane carried out thorough checks earlier than every strike to make sure that no civilians had been put in danger.

Hurricane plane had been additionally performing shut air help duties over Iraq, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker. Reaper remotely piloted plane struck three targets in Mosul, helping Iraqi troops on the bottom. Three Hellfire missiles had been launched in opposition to three separate Islamic State targets, together with a mortar group hidden beneath a tree line.”

In December 2016, it was reported that the Royal Air Drive is working at its most intense for 25 years in a single theatre of operation which far outstripped the UK involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan – RAF jets have dropped 11 instances extra bombs (1,276 strikes) on Syria and Iraq within the previous 12 months than they’d within the busiest 12 months of motion in Afghanistan a decade beforehand.

The price of the operations in opposition to Islamic State and different particulars of the marketing campaign had been revealed in a briefing paper.

In March 2015 the MoD confirmed that the online further prices of the navy air operation can be met from the Treasury Particular Reserve; whereas the prices of coaching and equipping the Iraqi and Kurdish safety forces, and the supply of key enablers, can be met from the MOD’s Deployed Navy Exercise Pool (DMAP).

In reply to a parliamentary query in September 2016 the MOD set the prices of the operation, between August 2014 and the 31st of March 2016, at £265 million (£45 million within the 2014-15 monetary 12 months, and £220 million within the 2015-16 monetary 12 months).

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