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UK MoD Details Munitions Used In Air Strikes

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Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations: Written question - 5654

(Source: UK Parliament; issued July 13, 2015)


Q Asked by Brendan O'Hara (Argyll and Bute) Asked on: 06 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) precision-guided munitions and (b) gravity bombs of each type were dropped in Afghanistan and Iraq by British (i) fixed-wing aircraft and (ii) unmanned aerial vehicles since 7 July 2014.

A Answered by: Penny Mordaunt Answered on: 13 July 2015

RAF airstrikes in Iraq commenced following the Parliamentary vote in September 2014.

Since then the RAF has released 198 Paveway IV and 82 Dual Mode Brimstone precision guided munitions in Iraq from fixed wing aircraft, specifically Tornado GR4.

During the same period remotely piloted air systems, specifically Reaper MQ-9, released 155 Hellfire and four GBU-12 precision guided munitions in Iraq.

These statistics are accurate up to and including 30 June 2015.

In Afghanistan, between 7 July 2014 and the end of Op HERRICK in late 2014, the RAF released two Paveway IV and four Dual Mode Brimstone precision guided munitions from fixed wing aircraft, specifically Tornado GR4.

During the same period RAF remotely piloted air systems, specifically Reaper MQ-9, released 27 Hellfire precision guided munitions in Afghanistan. No such weapons have been released since the end of Op HERRICK.

There have been no unguided munitions, sometimes referred to as gravity bombs, used in either Afghanistan or Iraq during the period in question.

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