Storm Shadow, which provides long-range air to surface capabilities, is 1 of the most advanced missiles of its kind. It is capable of defeating various targets including bridges, airfields, harbours and parked aircraft. The missiles, produced by MBDA, have previously been deployed on Tornado GR4 aircraft during operations over Iraq and Libya. These will now be fitted onto Typhoon Tranche 2 and 3 aircraft ready to enter service with the RAF in 2018.
An 11 Squadron Typhoon aircraft comes into land after a sortie at Royal Air Force Coningsby in Lincolnshire. Such sorties enable front line Typhoon pilots to maintain their high standard of flying and combat skills. The Typhoon force at Coningsby maintains Britain's Quick Reaction Alert, ready to launch in just a few minutes to intercept hostile or suspicious aircraft.