Nov 11, 2014

RAF Reaper conducted first strike in Iraq

This weekend saw the first air strike by a Royal Air Force Reaper remotely piloted air system (RPAS) as British forces continue to assist the Iraqi Government in their fight against ISIL.
A series of coalition missions were conducted near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where ISIL terrorists were laying improvised explosive devices.
The Reaper RPAS, using procedures identical to those of manned aircraft, successfully attacked the terrorists using a Hellfire missile.
UK Reaper continued to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assistance to coalition aircraft which enabled them to conduct further strikes.
In addition, on Sunday morning, 2 RAF Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate suspected ISIL activity near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad.
A single Brimstone missile was used to successfully destroy a shipping container used by the terrorists to store equipment to support extortion and control of the local population.

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