What will RAF bring to Syria airstrikes if mission is expanded?
As British politicians debate the UK’s involvement in airstrikes in Syria it is worth evaluating what the RAF can bring above and beyond the assets already involved.
The obvious discriminator is the MBDA Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone missile. DMS Brimstone is laser-guided and can be fired from the RAF’s Tornado GR4s and is extremely effective at precision-tracking and engaging high-speed moving ground targets.
If Tornados are to be pressed into Syrian operations – it is Brimstone and the Tornado’s advanced RAPTOR reconnaissance pod that could help make a difference.
US military aircraft use laser JDAM, AGM-65 Maverick and GBU-39 Small Diameter bombs. Whilst these are all very effective and accurate, they are not as effective is the DMS Brimstone in attacking fast-moving targets.