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Brimstone missiles destroy armoured vehicles in Libya

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It has been announced that RAF Tornado aircraft have destroyed three armoured vehicles in Misurata, and three further vehicles in Ajdabiya, following a missile strike.

A Tornado GR4 aircraft
A Tornado GR4 aircraft from RAF Marham refuels from a TriStar tanker aircraft [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Neil Chapman, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

The Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Communications Officer, Major General John Lorimer, said:

British Tornado GR4 aircraft, on a mission over Libya yesterday afternoon in support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, took part in a co-ordinated missile strike against units of Colonel Gaddafi’s Libyan Military.

The Tornado aircraft launched a number of guided Brimstone missiles, destroying three armoured vehicles in Misurata and two further armoured vehicles in Ajdabiya. Brimstone is a high precision, low collateral damage weapon optimised against demanding and mobile targets.

Britain and her international partners remain engaged in operations to support United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, to enforce the established no-fly zone, and are contributing to the NATO arms embargo of Libya.

Published 26 March 2011