A much-lauded air-to-surface missile has joined the fight against the Islamic State in Syria this week after the U.K. government voted to extend its bombing of the terror group in the country.
The Dual Mode Brimstone missiles have been cited by defense experts as one of the main reasons U.S. authorities were so keen for the U.K. to take part in missions in Syria and were even mentioned by Prime Minister David Cameron in the parliamentary debate on bombing targets belonging to the so-called Islamic State. They have already been fired against ISIS targets by Tornado aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force. The 50 kilogram missile is 1.8 meters in length and is renowned for "pinpoint accuracy and low collateral damage."
The British government, along with Saudi Arabia, is one of two countries to own the weapon which have a £175,000 ($265,409) price tag. First made in 2005 by MBDA missile systems the technology was updated some years later. New guidance systems are added to the product by the company's manufacturing plant near the town of Lostock, in northeast England, before being sent back to customers.