Laser-guided British missile on standby to wipe out terror chiefs: Brimstone weapons can hit vehicles doing 70mph while generating little debris
- British-designed Brimstone missile can hit small and fast-moving targets
- Britain and Saudi Arabia only two countries to have invested in Brimstones
- The £100,000 weapon can be fired from a Tornado GR4 flying at 20,000ft
The laser-guided Brimstone missile, which can hit a small, fast-moving target, could be used by RAF pilots to assassinate IS leaders one by one.
Britain and Saudi Arabia are currently the only two countries in the world to have invested in Brimstones.
The British-designed missile destroys its target with a contained explosion that generates relatively little debris.
It is far more sophisticated than the Americans’ Hellfire weapons, which generate a large and deadly field of shrapnel when they explode.
The £100,000 Brimstone – which was used against Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Libya in 2011 – can be fired from a Tornado GR4 at 20,000ft and is capable of hitting vehicles travelling at up to 70mph.
It can be launched from a plane which is flying up to seven miles away from its target.
Each missile has a small but highly focused explosive warhead – which reduces the chance of shrapnel hitting civilians – as well as an adjustable fuse which allows the pilot to decide exactly
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