A Royal Air Pressure (RAF) Hurricane Eurofighter has shot down a hostile drone in Syria which posed a menace to Coalition forces within the space. This unprecedented occasion was the primary operational air to air engagement carried out by a RAF Hurricane, and in addition the primary RAF air to air missile firing throughout Operation SHADER – the UK’s contribution to the World Coalition towards Daesh. The engagement occurred on 14th December, when the drone exercise was detected above the At Tanf Coalition base in Syria.

“This strike is a formidable demonstration of the RAF’s potential to take out hostile targets within the air which pose a menace to our forces. We proceed to do every little thing we will alongside our Coalition companions to stamp out the terrorist menace and defend our personnel and our companions,” Ben Wallace UK Defence Secretary stated.


Royal Air Pressure Eurofighter Hurricane primarily based firing a MBDA ASRAAM missile.

Two RAF Hurricane FGR4s from RAF Akrotiri had been conducting a daily patrol over Syria and Iraq, as a part of Operation SHADER once they had been tasked to analyze. On arrival within the At Tanf space, the pilots recognized a small hostile drone and succeeded in eliminating the menace throughout an air-to-air engagement with a MBDA AIM-132 Superior Brief-Vary Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM). This comes a number of weeks after the RAF efficiently eradicated a recognized terrorist menace in Syria utilizing a remotely piloted Reaper armed with Hellfire missiles.

The Superior Brief Vary Air-to-Air Missile, additionally recognized by its United States identifier AIM-132, is an imaging infrared homing (heat-seeking) air-to-air missile, produced by MBDA UK, that’s designed for close-range fight. It’s in service within the Royal Air Pressure (RAF) and Royal Australian Air Pressure (RAAF), changing the AIM-9 Sidewinder. ASRAAM is designed to permit the pilot to fireplace after which flip away earlier than the opposing plane can shut for a shot. It flies effectively over Mach 3 to ranges over 25 kilometers (16 mi). Does it retain a 50? g maneuverability offered by physique elevate expertise coupled with tail management.

Royal Air Force Typhoon Eurofighter Fighter Destroys Hostile Drone in Syria RAF Engineers from II(AC) Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, put together an RAF Hurricane for flight at RAFO Thumrait throughout Ex MAGIC CARPET 21.