A few hours after the British House of Commons allowed the ISIS to tighten up its operations, Tornado fighter jets carried out their first bombing mission in Syria.
Michael Fallon, British Defense Minister, informed the first raid on oil extraction installations on Thursday.
Airplanes took off from British military bases in Cyprus, where eight Tornado fighters were stationed. In the future they will be joined by two more “tornados” and six Typhoon fighters.
Flying in the colors of the RAF Panavia Tornado, which flew in 1974, was created as a European response to the growing power of the USSR. The first combat use occurred during Operation Desert Storm.
Panavia Tornado did not stand for F-14 Tomcat in terms of performance. Two combined motors of over 80 kN (with an afterburner of up to 150 kN) enabled Mach to reach 2.2 (that is, about 2,400 km / h) and a range of up to 3,800 km with attached fuel tanks. The maximum ceiling of the flight is also impressive: the Tornado could rise as high as 15400 meters.
Under the wings of this plane, it was possible to transfer practically any type of air weaponry that at that time was owned by the United Kingdom or the Federal Republic of Germany. Sidewinder air-to-air missiles or ASRAAMs served to defend and destroy other planes. The arsenal intended for destroying ground targets included Maverick, ALARM or conventional and nuclear bombs.