British niche capabilities would make a difference in Syria French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The piece in the Guardian newspaper was published after Prime Minister David Cameron urged parliament on Thursday to back British air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

David Cameron told MPs Britain could not “subcontract its security to other countries”.

Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote:

“We need British defence capabilities to win this war. The Royal Air Force is already in action over Iraq. Its involvement over Syria would make a practical difference.

The RAF has significant capabilities for precision air strikes, aerial reconnaissance and air-to-air refuelling support. On a daily basis, its Tornado aircraft and unmanned drones are causing very severe damage to Islamic State in Iraq. The use of these capabilities over Syria would put additional and extreme pressure on the terror network.”

Cameron also argued that particular capabilities of the RAF, Raptor reconnaissance pods on its Tornado aircraft and their ability to deliver small but highly accurate Brimstone missiles, provide something that others don’t have.

It is claimed that this “niche” capability is one that even the Americans don’t have and combined with the Raptor pod,  itself responsible for some 60% of the tactical intelligence gained over Iraq, is a useful capability to bring to the air war.

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Adam Wiggins
4 years ago

only the best

Martin Clubber Laing
4 years ago

I concur

Mark Llewellyn
4 years ago

Has to be done

James Gale
4 years ago

Raptor is an excellent piece of kit.

Paul Hodson
Paul Hodson
4 years ago

“highly accurate Brimstone missiles, provide something that others don’t have.”

Exactly and why don’t they have them, both France and the US lauded Brimstone in Libya 4 years ago. Politics and protecting local jobs?

Colin Wilson
4 years ago

What’s wrong? Do they need help finding a 5 star hotel?

James Gale
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin Wilson

Poor pongo’s…..Enjoy the mud 😉

Daz Vallis
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin Wilson

Yawn the old ones really are just old!

James Russell Norman
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin Wilson

Naughty but true!

Cliff Benton
4 years ago
Reply to  Colin Wilson

Don’t think that matters to the French…they usually on the wine from lunch so they wouldn’t be able to tell by bed time!

Ted Doe
4 years ago

Do it! (y)

Peter Day
4 years ago

Because the Royal Air Force is the best in the world

Daz Vallis
4 years ago

Raptor and Brimstone is an excellent combination and when it comes to ISTAR the RAF is by far the leader in NATO

Chris Power
4 years ago
Reply to  Daz Vallis

Although not on the same airframe….

UK Defence Journal
4 years ago
Reply to  Daz Vallis

Not on the same airframe?

Chris Power
4 years ago
Reply to  Daz Vallis

Sorry my bad, read that as Reaper and brimstone….never use Facebook late at night!

Jake Hayes
Jake Hayes
4 years ago
Reply to  Daz Vallis

Hate to burst you bubble but RAPTOR is photo recon lightneg is the designator and recon.

Phil Mathenia
4 years ago

I hate to say this the only way this “war” on ISIS is going to be won is 1) Russia and the NATO powers working together
2) Troops on the ground .
3) US to stop trying to overthrow the Syrian government.
And really cannot see all three happening.

Si Fielding
4 years ago

We’re so good at bombing brown kids, it’s amazing. The French aren’t too bad either, killed 28 children in a school the other day, that’ll reduce the number of terrorists…

Benjamin William Champley Waterhouse
Reply to  Si Fielding

How do you know they’re brown? The could be a fetching shade of beige or even cream. In other words stop talking out of your hoop . . .

Kieran Locke
4 years ago
Reply to  Si Fielding

There is always one moron on every thread isn’t there.

Si Fielding
4 years ago
Reply to  Si Fielding

I just don’t understand how the British armed forces can kill thousands of children in the middle east… and none of you ever mention it?

H Nelson
H Nelson
4 years ago
Reply to  Si Fielding

thousands???? Evidence please or are you just trolling?!!

Matthew O'Connell
4 years ago

Why do we need to get involved? i don;t get it, intelligence suggests around 30’000 ISIS against Russia and France, yet they can’t handle it? really?

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
4 years ago

Support France. If we are to behave with honour we need to be there with our allies. I am saddened by the defeatist and I have to say forever moaning SNP but even worse is the tragedy of the once proud Labour Party. Where is their backbone. Broken or drowning under a morass of politically correct nonsense. STAND UP

Shannon Bernard Healey

Joe Burroughs

Ganiel Dungadin
4 years ago

Say ‘NO’ to Jeremy Corbyn

Franz Seagle
4 years ago

not needed. russian are already there!

Alan Leach
4 years ago

There’s no talking sense, strategy or morality with a group of men with a hard-on for murderous hardware. You’d have more luck pissing in the wind.

Si Fielding
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan Leach

“Raptor is an excellent piece of kit.”

Eurgh, the banality of evil.

mike
mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Si Fielding

I respect your opinion to disagree, but RAPTOR itself is mere photos and scanning, pretty sure it hasn’t killed “thousands of children” 🙂 though please do provide proof of that, would be interesting to read how “we” have failed in identifying targets and chain of command.

Meanwhile, IS continue to do their thing against untold thousands in their occupied areas, and the Russians blanket bomb with a gusto. Please, do something!