Ahead of MP’s vote on whether to authorize air strikes in Syria, extra war planes are expected to be sent to Cyprus as Britain prepares to support allies in the region.
A second Airseeker Rivet Joint spy plane may be used along with two Tornado fighter jets and six Typhoons equipped with laser guided missiles.
Reports are not confirmed that strikes against ISIS could begin within hours of a vote of approval in the Commons on Wednesday.
Prime Minister David Cameron is urging approval of the military action in support of French President Francois Hollande’s appeal following attacks that killed 130 in Paris.
“We will be acting with our allies, we will be careful and responsible as we do so, but in my view, it’s the right thing to do to keep our country safe,” Cameron said.
If Cameron’s push for airstrikes succeeds, defense chiefs could double the fleet of aircraft stationed in Cyprus. Warplanes loaded with bombs were seen taking off from the Norfolk airbase this morning.
A second Airseeker Rivet Joint spy plane may be used along with two Tornado fighter jets and six Typhoons equipped with laser guided Brimstone missiles.
The precision missiles can be used to hit a small, fast-moving target while doing minimal collateral damage.
Britain and Saudi Arabia are currently the only two countries in the world to have Brimstone missiles. ISIS command posts and training camps will be identified as key targets for the sophisticated missiles. The RAF becomes a formidable force in Raqqa where the US is cautious of civilian casualties in crowded areas.