UK air commanders are looking to rapidly expand their portfolio of air-to-ground missiles after operational experience in Syria and Iraq indicated a gap in Royal Air Force (RAF) capabilities.
Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander in the Middle East for the year up to October 2017, told a briefing in London on 9 January: “We need something in between the MBDA Dual Mode Brimstone and Raytheon Paveway IV guided bomb.”
“We will be doing urban warfare in the years to come,” he said. “We want to scale weapons to do a variety of things.”
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