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5 novembre 2015 4 05 /11 /novembre /2015 19:30
British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.


5 November 2015 Ministry of Defence


ISIL terrorists in Iraq have been struck repeatedly by Royal Air Force air strikes conducted over the past week in support of the Iraqi forces fighting on the ground.


Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker, provided close air support to Iraqi troops operating near Bayji on Thursday 29 October. A number of ISIL terrorists were observed manoeuvring towards an Iraqi position, and our aircraft successfully attacked three groups with Paveway IV guided bombs. Later that day, another GR4 flight conducted a strike on a fortified terrorist position near Tal Afar in the north-west of the country, hitting three targets with Paveways.


On Friday 30 October, a pair of GR4s again provided close air support to the Iraqi army, on this occasion near the occupied city of Ramadi. Two Paveways successfully disrupted an attempted terrorist attack on an Iraqi unit. The ISIL terrorists then opened fire on the Iraqis with two light anti-aircraft cannons. Despite difficult weather conditions, the highly capable GR4s were able to target the gun positions using a second pair of Paveway IVs, and both terrorist guns were knocked out and the threat to them removed.


On Sunday 1 November, an RAF Reaper used a Hellfire missile to destroy a group of terrorists in close combat with Iraqi troops, while a second Reaper, operating over Anbar province, worked in close cooperation with coalition fast jets to assist Iraqi operations to isolate the ISIL terrorists in and around Ramadi. The Reaper provided surveillance support to six coalition air strikes on terrorists manoeuvring in the area, and conducted four highly accurate strikes of its own using Hellfire missiles on groups of extremists as they attempted to reposition themselves against the advancing Iraqi forces. In north-west Iraq, Tornado GR4s were meanwhile supporting Kurdish peshmerga near Sinjar: three Paveway attacks destroyed an armed pick-up truck, a weapons cache, and a sniper position.


The following day, Monday 2 November, a Reaper conducted three successful strikes with two Hellfire missiles and a GBU-12 guided bomb against ISIL terrorist positions in western Iraq, including an anti-aircraft gun which the Reaper had located.


On Tuesday 3 November, a GR4 patrol again provided support to the Kurdish forces near Sinjar. A Brimstone missile destroyed a terrorist weapons cache, and a Paveway destroyed a mortar position on the top of a building.

On the ground, the coalition effort to train and equip the Iraqi security forces continues apace, with British military instructors playing a significant role, in particular leading the training programme on how to counter the threat from improvised terrorist explosive devices and booby-traps. RAF Sentinel surveillance aircraft play an important part in the coalition’s collection of intelligence on ISIL positions and movements, while Hercules transports provide the essential logistic support to the headquarters and training teams deployed in Iraq and neighbouring partner nations.


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3 juin 2015 3 03 /06 /juin /2015 16:30
RAF strike on ISIL vehicle in Iraq May 27

29 mai 2015 by Defence HQ


On Wednesday 27 May, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri flew in support of Kurdish peshmerga attacks on terrorists in northern Iraq. An armed pick-up truck was spotted, partly concealed under trees, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile.

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2 mars 2015 1 02 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
RAF Strike on ISIL 27 February

2 mars 2015 defenceheadquarters


In the early hours of Friday 27 February, an RAF Tornado GR4 patrol conducted reconnaissance to the north-west of Haditha. An ISIL armoured personnel carrier was located, and destroyed with a Brimstone missile.

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8 octobre 2014 3 08 /10 /octobre /2014 13:30
RAF Tornados' air strikes in Iraq

RAF Tornado GR4's departing RAF Akrotiri Cyprus in support of OP SHADER - photo RAF


08 October 2014 Royal Air Force


Tornado GR4 aircraft have completed another round of air strikes in Iraq overnight.


The Royal Air Force aircraft have flown further missions to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

Last night, 2 Tornado GR4s were tasked to support the Iraqi Army. Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs were used to conduct a successful precision attack on ISIL terrorists who were firing on Iraqi troops from a stronghold near Ramadi.

Last night’s air strike was the latest in a series of strikes as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi government in the fight against ISIL.

RAF Tornados' air strikes in Iraq
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7 octobre 2014 2 07 /10 /octobre /2014 16:50
RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER. photo Cpl Neil Bryden


07 oct. 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG


All three of the Royal Air Force’s current Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped frontline squadrons will continue to operate the strike aircraft for the immediate future, after the UK government reversed a decision to disband one of the units early next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 October confirmed that 2 Sqn – based at RAF Marham in Norfolk – will continue to operate the Tornado GR4 until March 2016. It had previously been expected to stand down in March 2015, following the completion of the UK’s combat involvement in Afghanistan by the end of this year.


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6 octobre 2014 1 06 /10 /octobre /2014 13:30
Latest air strikes in Iraq

A Tornado GR4 at RAF Akrotiri [Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF]


6 October 2014 Ministry of Defence


Tornado GR4s, flying from RAF Akrotiri, have continued their patrols over Iraq as part of the international coalition against ISIL.


Last night, 2 of our aircraft, flying in support of Iraqi security forces, successfully used Paveway IV precision-guided bombs to attack ISIL terrorists, fortified in a building near Ramadi, who were firing on Iraqi soldiers.

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3 octobre 2014 5 03 /10 /octobre /2014 07:30
Third Air Strike In Iraq

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden


02 October 2014 Royal Air Force


Tornados have been assisting Kurdish forces engaged in combat with ISIL.


This afternoon, 2 Royal Air Force Tornados on patrol over north-west Iraq, as part of a coalition force, were tasked to assist Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL.


The aircraft pin-pointed the location from which ISIL fighters were directing heavy fire on the Kurdish troops, and conducted a precision strike with Paveway IV guided bombs. Initial reports indicates that the strike was successful.


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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 14:30
Further air strikes in Iraq

A Tornado GR4 returning to RAF Akrotiri after a mission [Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF, Crown copyright]


2 October 2014 Ministry of Defence


Tornados continue to provide vital air support to Kurdish forces in Iraq.


Royal Air Force Tornados have conducted further operations in support of Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL in north west Iraq.


Overnight, 2 GR4s provided vital air support to Peshmerga forces advancing on an ISIL position, conducting a successful precision attack on an armed pick-up truck with a Paveway IV guided bomb.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
700 HP Speedboat Can't Outrun the Brimstone Missile



16.07.2014 by MBDAInc


A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 jet aircraft attacked a remotely-controlled 40ft Fast in-Shore Attack Craft (FIAC) powered by twin 350hp engines. Two successful shots were taken, one with a telemetry Dual Mode Brimstone missile (non-warhead, data-gathering missile), and one with an operational Dual Mode Brimstone missile. Both missiles were fitted with MBDA Inc's latest anti-FIAC software upgrades which optimized the missile for the unique challenges of maritime engagements.

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14 novembre 2013 4 14 /11 /novembre /2013 12:50
12 (Bomber) Squadron Tornado GR4 - photo UK MoD

12 (Bomber) Squadron Tornado GR4 - photo UK MoD


13/11/2013 Par Guillaume Steuer – Air & Cosmos


Comme sa voisine outre-Manche, la Royal Air Force n'échappe pas à une restructuration du format de son aviation de combat. "Deux escadrons de Tornado GR4 seront dissous l'an prochain", expliquait aujourd'hui l'Air Commodore Dave Waddington, commandant de la flotte de Tornado britannique. Cette annonce a été faite lors de la conférence "International Fighter" organisée à Londres par IQPC.


"Le 12(B) Squadron est rentré d'Afghanistan et sera dissous en mars prochain", a précisé l'aviateur. "Le 617 Squadron est actuellement déployé sur ce théâtre et sera lui aussi dissous courant 2014, après son retour prévu cet hiver", a-t-il ajouté. Au final, seuls trois escadrons de première ligne resteront opérationnels sur Tornado GR4 ; ceux-ci seront stationnés sur la base de RAF Marham. Il s'agit des II(AC)Sqn, IX(B)Sqn et 31 Squadron.


Cette réduction de format devrait se poursuivre au-delà de 2015, dans des proportions qui seront déterminées par la future revue stratégique de défense et de sécurité (SDSR). D'ici là, "nous pouvons encore faire évoluer les capacités du Typhoon" dans le domaine de l'air-sol, a insisté le militaire britannique. Il a aussi souligné que Londres "ne disposerait pas d'un grand nombre de F-35" et que le principal défi à venir pour la RAF sera "d'intégrer cette petite flotte le plus efficacement possible avec les avions de combat de quatrième génération comme le Typhoon".

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27 août 2011 6 27 /08 /août /2011 08:05


Photo SAC Simon Armstrong/Crown Copyright


26/08/11 By Craig Hoyle SOURCE:Flightglobal.com


The UK Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped 2 Sqn has completed its contribution to the NATO mission in Libya, after achieving a notable first using a Raytheon Systems Paveway IV precision-guided bomb.


On 18 August, a GR4 operating from Gioia del Colle air base in Italy dropped a 226kg (500lb) Paveway IV to engage a moving patrol craft which was being operated by pro-Gaddafi forces near the Az Zawiyah oil refinery.


“This was the first time a Tornado crew had used a Paveway IV bomb to take out a moving target of this nature,” the UK Ministry of Defence said, adding that the target had posed a threat to Libyan civilians.


RAF Tornado strike aircraft have again used their Storm Shadow missiles during long-range missions flown from the UK


Separately, a package of GR4s flying from RAF Marham in Norfolk attacked a headquarters bunker in the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte overnight on 25-26 August using an undisclosed number of MBDA Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles. Tornado aircraft from Gioia del Colle also destroyed a surface-to-air missile system located near Al Watiyah on 25 August.


The RAF’s Tornado force has accumulated more than 5,400 flying hours in support of the UK’s Operation Ellamy since March. Its contribution is now being provided by the RAF’s 9 Sqn.

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21 juin 2011 2 21 /06 /juin /2011 21:35



21/06/2011 AEROCONTACT


LE BOURGET, 21 juin (Reuters) - MBDA a organisé mardi au salon du Bourget une conférence de presse avec deux pilotes de chasse pour illustrer le rôle joué par ses missiles, notamment le Storm Shadow/SCALP de précision, dans l'opération militaire aérienne en cours en Libye.


La résolution 1973, adoptée en mars par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies, vise à mettre en place une zone d'exclusion aérienne protégeant les populations civiles contre les bombardements de l'aviation kadhafiste. L'opération dure maintenant depuis plus de quatre mois.


Deux pilotes britanniques de Tornado GR4 sont venus détailler sur le stand de MBDA l'armement qu'ils ont embarqué fin mars-début avril lors d'une de leurs missions dans le ciel libyen, et l'usage précis qui en a été fait pour détruire des objectifs stratégiques au sol.


"Certains disent que plus l'intervention dure, plus les risques augmentent, je ne partage pas cet avis", a déclaré James Cooke, l'un des deux militaires. "Nous sommes bien équipés pour continuer ce travail, à savoir traiter des cibles avec le moins de pertes humaines possible".


Dans un communiqué, le missilier a rappelé que l'armée britannique avait déjà employé en opération des missiles SCALP avant l'intervention en Libye, mais qu'il s'agissait pour la France d'une première.


Le 24 mars, deux Mirage 2000D et quatre Rafale ont tiré plusieurs de ces missiles contre une base aérienne des forces loyalistes libyennes.


MBDA, détenu à 37,5% par BAE Systems et par EADS et à 25% par Finmeccanica, a réalisé en 2010 un chiffre d'affaires de 2,8 milliards d'euros pour un carnet de commandes de 10,8 milliards d'euros.


(Gilles Guillaume, édité par Benoît Van Overstraeten)

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