A British surveillance aircraft is once again heading to the Black Sea region to monitor Russian forces on the Ukraine border.

Open Source Intelligence account SkyScanWorld is following the deployment, we recommend you check them out.

That the Royal Air Force chose to make the aircraft visible on commercial tracking services sends a very clear message.

This comes a few days after British RC-135 Rivet Joint deployed on a similar mission, monitoring Russian forces near the Ukrainian border. You can read more about that by going to the link below.

British surveillance aircraft monitoring Ukraine-Russia border

What does the RC-135W do?

According to the Royal Air Force website, the RC-135W Rivet Joint is a dedicated electronic surveillance aircraft that can be employed in all theatres on strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors ‘soak up’ electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems.

“RC-135W Rivet Joint employs multidiscipline Weapons System Officer (WSO) and Weapons System Operator (WSOp) specialists whose mission is to survey elements of the electromagnetic spectrum in order to derive intelligence for commanders.”

The Royal Air Force say that Rivet Joint has been deployed extensively for Operation Shader and on other operational taskings. It had been formally named Airseeker, but is almost universally known in service as the RC-135W Rivet Joint.

The UK operates three of these aircraft.

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julian1
julian1
20 days ago

Seems a long way to fly each day. I wonder why these aircraft aren’t forward based at Akrotiri

julian1
julian1
20 days ago
Reply to  julian1

The USAF used to fly U2/Dragonfly from there and RAF have based Sentinel previously

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
20 days ago
Reply to  julian1

U2S’s often appear on the Flight Radars too until they go dark. Was watching one last week until it got to Faroe.

Pete
Pete
20 days ago

Now off Crimea

Pete
Pete
20 days ago
dan
dan
20 days ago
Reply to  Pete

Sleepy Joe must bow to his Russian Master. lol

Frank62
Frank62
20 days ago
Reply to  dan

If anyone was in Putins pocket it was Trump.

pete
pete
19 days ago
Reply to  dan

Hey we can all reduce ourselves to the levels of FOX and CNN if we want…

T: ‘There are good people on both sides. Putin is just being a strong leader…I respect that.’

Perhaps T would suggest mobilising various militia to stand alongside the Russians in a show of force about the right to bear arms

In all seriousness Dan I think the potential for Turkey and possibly Poland to unilaterally get involved exists especially if the Russians attempt to close routes to the Med.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
20 days ago

It’s almost a daily occurrence though…. as would be expected I guess.

captain p wash
captain p wash
20 days ago

Another thing for anyone interested ….. RAF Hawks show up as Typhoon shapes on Flightradar24…. the Cynic in me would like to think it’s done this way to worry the Pesky Ruskies.

john melling
john melling
19 days ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Saw 3 Hawks on flightradar24 the other day with 2 Cobham, callsign SAVAGE jets following them. They were over Hull ;P

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
19 days ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Just checked this thing out. Bonkers! An Apache near Wattisham had a symbol of an airliner. How does one find out what is what apart from clicking on the symbols? Or is that it?

Pete
Pete
18 days ago

Most of the North sea oil show up as helo symbols must be a military thing ?

Geoff
Geoff
20 days ago

A British Rivet Joint has just squawked 7700 over Waddington

dan
dan
20 days ago

Nice that the Brits can take some pressure off the US intel aircraft. Here’s an idea, why doesn’t Merkel buy a few of these or something similar to help in her own defense? LOL

Damo
Damo
19 days ago
Reply to  dan

Hi Vlad. How is your dacha?

Jan van der Werk
Jan van der Werk
19 days ago
Reply to  dan

Hi Dan, I understand the RAF aircraft are interchangeable with USAF airframes so it’s a pool arrangement. That’s why it was selected.

Andrew D
19 days ago

Seen the News earlier looks like USSR are warning military ships to keep out of the Black sea to keep away from Ukraine.

Jan van der Werk
Jan van der Werk
19 days ago
Reply to  Andrew D

If they cave, and they will, he will make his move.

Andrew D
18 days ago

He really is a piece of work