A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) C-130J-30 has been written off in Iraq after being seriously damaged in a heavy landing during an apparent special forces mission.
The previously undisclosed incident took place last August during the height of coalition operations against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria around Raqqa. This is the first UK air loss during Operation ‘Shader’, the codename for its participation in the war against the IS.
A UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman declined to comment to Jane’s about any aspect of the crash of the Hercules C4 (C-130J-30), serial number ZH873, citing the need to “safeguard national security or release information that was likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness, or security of the UK armed forces”.
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