The weapons involved

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook firing a standard missile 3 during an exercise at sea. A Tactical Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile on a controlled flight test in southern California. A Rafale warplane preparing for ta
US B-1B Lancer bombers in a file photo. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook firing a standard missile 3 during an exercise at sea.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook firing a standard missile 3 during an exercise at sea. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A Tactical Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile on a controlled flight test in southern California.
A Tactical Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile on a controlled flight test in southern California. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A Rafale warplane preparing for take-off at the Saint-Dizier aerial military base, eastern France, late Friday night.
A Rafale warplane preparing for take-off at the Saint-Dizier aerial military base, eastern France, late Friday night. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft taking off from England and headed for Cyprus in a file photo.
A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft taking off from England and headed for Cyprus in a file photo. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Here are some of the weapons known to or believed to have been deployed in the attacks on Syria.

United States

B-1 BOMBERS

The four-engine B-1 bombers are capable of dropping long-range missiles on targets.

With their ability to fire from 1,000km away, it means they would not expose themselves to Syria air defences in their attack.


GUIDED-MISSILE CRUISERS AND DESTROYERS

US defence sources said at least one US warship in the Red Sea participated in the Syrian air strikes.

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers carry dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of up to 2,500km, CNN reported.


TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILE

Tomahawk cruise missiles with a maximum range of 2,400km were reportedly launched from at least three US warships.

The US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles in a similar attack on Syria last year.


France

RAFALE JETS

France said Rafale fighter jets were deployed from home bases.

The twin-engine Rafale is capable of performing a wide range of combat roles, including in-depth strike and nuclear deterrence.


Britain

TORNADO GR4 FIGHTERS

Four British Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow missiles at a Syrian military base.

The twin-engine Tornado GR4 is Britain's main ground-attack aircraft with its mix of weapons.

During a 2011 operation, Tornados left Britain to strike targets in Libya, making complete 4,800km round trips by refuelling in the air.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'The weapons involved'. Print Edition | Subscribe