The Daily Mail writes today that the Storm Shadow used in the attacks on Syrian chemical installations is “arguably the most advanced weapon of its kind in the world”. However, its reliability was questionable when it was first introduced. We found one that had failed to explode in the Libyan desert in 2012 and sent it back to England on a C-130 aircraft. I hope the technicians have improved its performance since then.
See Chapter 6 of Belfast to Benghazi for this and other remnants of war stories from Britain’s last attempt to change a regime using Air Power.