A Royal Air Force MQ-9A Reaper remotely piloted air system has killed a Daesh terrorist in northern Syria.
The RAF say here that on Monday the 25th of October, “the crew of a remotely piloted Reaper, armed with Hellfire missiles, tracked a known terrorist in northern Syria, near the city of Ras al Ayn, and at a safe moment, when the individual was alone in a field, carried out a successful strike.”
Describing the platform on their website, the RAF say:
“The MQ-9 Reaper (Reaper MQ-9A) is a remotely piloted medium-altitude, long endurance (MALE) aircraft designed for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), and attack missions. The aircraft’s persistence and array of surveillance sensors are an essential complement to the RAF’s crewed platforms.”
Earlier in the year, Iraqi ground forces conducting security operations approximately thirty miles south of Erbil came under fire from a Daesh position in an area of heavy vegetation. In response, two British Typhoon jets responded to a call for assistance and used a single Paveway IV guided bomb to “successfully eliminate the threat”.
The number of airstrikes carried out in Iraq and Syria has been described as “second only to the United States”. The operation was also previously described as the most intense flying mission the RAF has undertaken in 25 years.