Oct 17, 2014

UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

Britain is adding Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to its forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Defence Secretary said in a statement to Parliament that surveillance and strike missions conducted by the Reaper will start shortly and build up as the aircraft are withdrawn from Afghanistan, where they have been operating for several years in support of NATO’s fight against the Taliban.
The indications are that two Reapers will be deployed initially. Britain has 10 of the General Atomics-built machines.
The Royal Air Force Reapers will boost a British strike force against the Islamic State comprising eight Tornado jets, a Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft and an inflight refuelling aircraft.

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