A Brimstone missile has been fired from a Typhoon jet for the first time, in the fight against Islamic State.
The Ministry of Defence say that a Typhoon was deployed to the River Euphrates on the 19th of February, where a boat used by Islamic State had been identified and was destroyed using the Brimstone missile.
“The RAF also destroyed two Daesh strong-points, including a heavy machine-gun position, on 11 February using Paveway IV.”
The Brimstone was one of three weapons upgrades fitted onto the Typhoon last month under ‘Project Centurion’, worth £425m over the past three years. According to a release:
“This project not only enhanced the Typhoon with the precision attack missile Brimstone, but the aircraft also now has deep strike cruise missile Storm Shadow and air-to-air missile Meteor at its disposal.”
It means the jets have boosted capabilities to intercept airborne missiles and strike ground based targets, seamlessly taking over from the Tornado’s attack role as it nears retirement.