Weapons used in the attack on Syria

Weapons used in the attack on Syria

Weapons used in the attack on Syria Izvor: Reuters

Following the airstrike launched by the US, the UK and France against three target sites in Syria early Saturday morning, Syrian officials said to have shot down many of the missiles that targeted Damascus and the alleged chemical storage facilities near Homs.

Russia also said the President Trump's "smart" and shiny missiles were taken down by the Syrian military using weapons developed in the USSR in the 1970s. The strikes do not appear to have depleted the conventional capabilities of the Syrian army, CNN reports.
However, missiles were not the only arms used in the attack.

CNN claims that Britain contributed four Tornado fighter jets armed with Storm Shadow cruise missiles to the operation.

The jets took off from RAF Akrotiri, the Royal Air Force base on Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean and targeted an alleged Syrian chemical weapons site in Homs, the British Ministry of Defence said.

According to the office of French President Emmanuel Macron, France used its Rafale fighter jets. The French Defence Minister, Florence Parly, said the jets flew from bases in France. Like the British Tornado, the twin-engine Rafale could be armed with Storm Shadow missiles that can fly for more than 400 kilometres.

This means jets could strike without having to fly over Syria and avoid anti-aircraft defences.

A US defence official said the US Air Force used B-1B bombers in the Syria strike. The US did not give details on what weapons the B-1s were carrying, but US officials did say air-launched cruises missiles were used in the strike.

US defence sources said at least one US warship in the Red Sea participated in the Syrian airstrikes.

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers carry dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500 kilometres.

France also used cruises missiles fired from three of its multimission frigates and one its standard frigates in the Syria strikes, sources told CNN.

The multimission frigates are some of the newest in the French naval fleet and are armed with the MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval) cruise missile, with 16 launch tubes for them on each ship.

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