RAF Typhoon’s First Air-To-Air Kill: Terrorist Drone Shot Down In Syria

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
A Typhoon FGR4 (Image credit: UK MOD/Crown Copyright)

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 has actually shot down a “little hostile drone” in Syria.

In what the UK Ministry of Defence called an “extraordinary occasion”, an RAF Typhoon carried out the type’s very first functional air-to-air engagement in Syria on Dec. 14,2021 The occasion marked likewise the very first RAF air-to-air rocket shooting throughout Operation SHADER, the UK’s contribution to the military project versus ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant),

The kill was performed utilizing an Advanced Short Range Air to Air Missile (ASRAAM) that effectively struck and ruined a small-sized drone.

” This strike is a remarkable presentation of the RAF’s capability to secure hostile targets in the air which posture a risk to our forces. We continue to do whatever we can together with our Coalition partners to mark out the terrorist hazard and secure our workers and our partners,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated.

According to the couple of information launched up until now, the drone activity was discovered above the Al Tanf Coalition base in Syria (note, the main UK MOD release described the base as “At Tanf” however it was most likely Al-Tanf, likewise referred to as the Al-Tanf fort, a United States military base within area managed by the Syrian opposition in Homs Governorate situated 24 km west of the al-Tanf border crossing in the Syrian Desert). As the drone advanced its track, it ended up being clear it positioned a hazard to Coalition forces.

RAF Typhoons performing regular patrols (in swing function– bring both air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons) in the location were charged to examine and, in the end, shot down the drone

Small (and bigger) drones position a continuous danger to Al Tanf air base in southern Syria near to the Jordanian border that has actually acted as a forward running base for British and U.S. unique operations groups in the area.

We will upgrade this story as extra information emerge.


David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most well-known and check out military air travel blog sites. Considering That 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and numerous others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal offense and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of battle aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 4 books.

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