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Royal Air Force News Friday, March 8, 2019 P5


       Typhoon makes

       Brimstone debut

       UK jet blasts terrorists’ boat in precision strike

       Staff Reporter                  In  a separate attack  a  pair of  despite a large scale evacuation.
                                     RAF Typhoons destroyed a heavy   RAF  crews are  flying  daily
       A UK  Typhoon has launched its  machine gun position close to the   missions  in  support  of  the
       first-ever strike against die-hard  Abu Kamal on the eastern side of  advancing SDF, targeting Daesh
       Daesh fighters using the laser  the Euphrates.               positions as the four-year conflict
       guided Brimstone missile.       The   aircraft  launched  a  reaches its final stages.
         The RAF fighter obliterated a  Paveway bomb, destroying the
       boat on the Euphrates River being  position allowing ground forces
       used by members of the terror  to move in.
       group as Syrian Democratic      Syrian Democratic Forces
       Forces close in on the tiny village  are poised to wipe out
       of Baghouz – their last enclave  what is left of the brutal
       close to the Iraq border.     Daesh   regime,  now
         The low collateral weapon has  confined to a small area of
       been used to devastating effect by  one village on the border between
       RAF Tornados during the four-  Iraq and Syria.
       year conflict until the aircraft’s   Military operations have been
       retirement from service this  hampered by efforts to evacuate
       month.                        thousands of civilians who have   DEADLY ACCURACY: Laser guided low-
         The missile has been fitted  been used as human shields by the   collateral Brimstone weapon is designed to
       to the Typhoon as part of a £425  hardline Islamist group.   engage fast-moving targets on land and sea
       million  weapons upgrade which   SDF commanders estimate     and has been fitted to Typhoon as part of a
                                                                    £425 million weapons upgrade
       also includes Meteor air-to-air  there may still be up to 2000
       and Storm Shadow cruise missiles.  civilians still trapped in the area

       French call in UK Chinooks

       in Mali anti-terror mission

       UK CHINOOK crews are stepping
       up support for French military
       operations  against   violent
       extremists in Mali, West Africa.
         The  RAF  choppers  have  been
       brought in to resupply forward
       operating bases and transport
       troops in the frontline fight to halt
       the country’s growing Islamist
         More than 20,000 French, UN and
       regional troops have been deployed
       following a spate of bomb attacks
       which have left hundreds dead.
         Two  RAF  Chinooks  with  1310
       Flight landed in the trouble-stricken
       Gao region, operating in the remote
       Hombori Mountains
         Chinook commander Sqn Ldr
       Matthew   Wight-Boycott  said:
       “Supporting  French  operations
       against violent extremists is an
       important and satisfying mission.
         “Our aircrew, engineers and
       support staff are moving large
       numbers of troops and equipment   WAR ON TERROR: French Forces on board a RAF Chinook in Mali. Two UK combat
       to remote bases, and re-supplying a   choppers are based at Gao supporting a French-led counter insurgency mission.
       patrol in the desert, we are playing a  and it has not disappointed.    environment operating towards the
       vital part in this operation.   “The job calls for flying heavy  edge of its performance envelope it
         He added: “We help  reduce the  payloads over long distances, in  always delivers.
       reliance on road moves, typically  intense heat and above some pretty   “We have trained hard for this op
       vulnerable to Improvised Explosive  inhospitable terrain; in many respects  and it’s great to see that investment
       Devices and some ground patrols  the environment is a greater threat  paying off; this is an important   Plt Off Amy Cokayne took full advantage of her first starting
       can only be effectively sustained by  than the enemy.”       task and by flying French troops     15 Six Nations selection for England women's rugby union
       helicopter.”                    He added: “The ‘fat tanked’  we are keeping them off the roads    team playing in a dynamic 12-51 win over Wales in Cardiff.
         Pilot Flt Lt Matthew Williams said:  Chinook Mk 5 is perfect for this role;  and helping sustain their combat                                                          l Full story on p27
       “This is my first frontline deployment  even performing in this extreme  operations.”
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