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Missiles Fall Off Jet: Officials Say No One at Risk From Jostled Weapons

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In this September 27, 2014 file photo, a Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 fighter jet prepares to land at the Akrotiri British airbase, near the Cypriot port city of Limassol, after returning from a mission. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 12:51 PM

Two Brimstone missiles fell off a Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jet when it landed in Cyprus on Wednesday morning after flying an anti-ISIS mission over Syria and Iraq.

According to the Daily Mail, military officials reported that the £105,000 ($164,000) missiles "became detached" from the craft when it its wheels touched down, but did not detonate.

Brimstone missiles are capable of precise strikes, and can hit a moving car from seven miles away. The missiles require the application of an electrical current to detonate, so impacts like the one experienced Wednesday pose little to no risk.

"There was no risk to the public or service personnel," an official added, noting that specialist armorers from the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense were "in the process of recovering the missiles."

The RAF Akrotiri military base is one of two British military bases on Cyprus. The island is only 80 miles from the shores of Syria, and thus provides a strategic advantage to the U.S.-led coalition that is battling the Islamist terrorist organization.

Fresh of the heels of a successful party victory across the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday morning that the government would commit 2 percent of GDP on the military each year — a spending increase.

He emphasized that the armed forces "will have the equipment, the means and the resources to deal with it," referring to the fight against ISIS, The Independent U.K. reported.

Tornado jets were introduced in 1991, and are set to be phased out of service by 2019.

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