RAF Tornados conduct more long-range strikes in Libya

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Ministry of Defence said:
British aircraft have again conducted long-range strikes against some of Colonel Gaddafi's remaining military bases, as NATO continues with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.

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Because we lack a carrier and aircraft to allow short range strikes?
 
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KH - It's for Storm Shadow ops. There are various reasons why it makes sense to generate those sorties from Marham rather than Italy (and these don't include making Sharkey Ward foam at the mouth in paroxsyms of rage at the amount of fuel being used, although that is a second order effect). The missiles could be deployed to Italy (as per 2003 and Iraq), but they haven't been.

The Harriers couldn't carry Storm Shadow (well, not safely they couldn't), which is why the integration was dropped some years ago, so having a carrier would've made sod all difference. The Tornados in Italy (along with the Typhoons) do the job that the Harriers would've done.
 
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KH - It's for Storm Shadow ops. There are various reasons why it makes sense to generate those sorties from Marham rather than Italy (and these don't include making Sharkey Ward foam at the mouth in paroxsyms of rage at the amount of fuel being used, although that is a second order effect). The missiles could be deployed to Italy (as per 2003 and Iraq), but they haven't been.

The Harriers couldn't carry Storm Shadow (well, not safely they couldn't), which is why the integration was dropped some years ago, so having a carrier would've made sod all difference. The Tornados in Italy (along with the Typhoons) do the job that the Harriers would've done.
Why did we do we not have Storm Shadow nasties in Italy and have to generate Airframes from the UK that are tooled up ? Why can't the plumbers in Italy not tool up the Tonkas ?
 
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Does the automated RSS feed now have automated mlaaar supporters?
V_M,I guess the spacker has never even seen a Tonka let alone worked on one!! They were the best 20 odd years ago,getting past the use by date now.

Why did we do we not have Storm Shadow nasties in Italy and have to generate Airframes from the UK that are tooled up ? Why can't the plumbers in Italy not tool up the Tonkas ?
We can,I gather the reason is to do with the ESA storage facilities & local handling rules for live munitions on the Italian airbase & the agreement between the Ital & UK governments.
 
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Why did we do we not have Storm Shadow nasties in Italy and have to generate Airframes from the UK that are tooled up ? Why can't the plumbers in Italy not tool up the Tonkas ?
...We can,I gather the reason is to do with the ESA storage facilities & local handling rules for live munitions on the Italian airbase & the agreement between the Ital & UK governments.
I expect it might conflict a bit with this, too: =|
Migrants at Sea 1 Sep 2011 said:
This past Tuesday, 30 August, marked the third anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Co-operation by Italy and Libya. The Agreement was signed in Benghazi in 2008 by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and then Libyan leader Gaddafi...
 

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