Theresa May has agreed that the International Community needs to respond in the wake of the alleged gas attack, which president Bashar Assad denies.
In the wake of an alleged gas attack on Douma, a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital, Damascus, there is mounting anticipation that retaliatory military action could be waged against Bashar Assad’s government – which denies the use of chemical weapons.
But if the UK does back US-led strikes in Syria, what British hardware and weaponry would be at the military’s disposal?
The Tornado has been carrying out air strikes in Syria and Iraq over the past few years, and is a likely option if allied strikes against the Assad regime go ahead.
Set to be retired from service next year, after almost four decades on operations, the Tornado, with a maximum speed of Mach 1.3, has also seen action in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq.
It can be loaded with a mix of weapons which include Paveway II, III and IV series GPS/laser-guided bombs, Brimstone air-to-ground missiles and Storm Shadow air-launched long-range strike missiles.