The following list is the number of sorties by Royal Air Force Typhoons, Voyager, Sentinel, Rivet Joint and E-3 Sentry in each month between January 2019 and May 2021.

The information came to light after Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, asked in a parliamentary written question.

“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the number of sorties by RAF (a) Typhoons, (b) Voyager, (c) Sentinel, (d) Rivet Joint and (e) E-3 Sentry in each month between January 2019 and May 2021.”

James Heappey, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, responded:

No of Sorties per Month Typhoon Voyager Sentinel Rivet Joint E-3 Sentry
January 2019 823 203 17 8 12
February 2019 830 140 13 7 6
March 2019 1003 203 19 7 1
April 2019 949 199 14 8 7
May 2019 940 189 11 13 0
June 2019 837 222 7 2 7
July 2019 1021 205 18 10 7
August 2019 881 193 7 9 5
September 2019 897 203 18 9 16
October 2019 925 210 17 8 11
November 2019 908 220 11 8 14
December 2019 675 202 7 5 5
January 2020 775 193 15 7 9
February 2020 768 194 16 5 7
March 2020 813 182 15 7 10
April 2020 817 152 4 3 7
May 2020 786 196 6 1 9
June 2020 910 198 11 3 10
July 2020 1048 224 11 8 13
August 2020 809 188 14 4 10
September 2020 815 205 5 3 2
October 2020 836 212 9 3 2
November 2020 920 186 10 4 2
December 2020 659 177 13 4 3
January 2021 708 184 17 4 8
February 2021 694 143 7 4 9
March 2021 999 199 No Fly 8 12
April 2021 866 170 Disbanded 11 11
May 2021 829 193 Disbanded 11 14
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Phil Pritchard
Phil Pritchard
13 days ago

The same list for flying hours would be interesting. Please !

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
13 days ago

Looking at Typhoon, Voyager and E3, Covid doesn’t appear to have had much impact on the number of sorties, it you look at totals for 2019. 2020, then 2021 (as 5/12th of total)

Airborne
Airborne
12 days ago

Such a short and simple article but most interesting information indeed.

Sonik
Sonik
12 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

Yes simple and informative. It looks like RAF is still pretty active but would be interesting to compare these figures with earlier years when the overall fleet was much larger.

Airborne
Airborne
11 days ago
Reply to  Sonik

Possibly similar but hours per airframe less?

Sonik
Sonik
11 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

I have no idea TBH that’s why it would be interesting!

The question is are the RAF doing less sorties, or doing the same using a smaller fleet. If it’s the latter, hours/cycle lifetime of the airframes could become a problem.

Last edited 11 days ago by Sonik
julian1
julian1
12 days ago

Typhoon peaks in July based on 2 years’ data. Could that be display flying?

Rogbob
Rogbob
12 days ago
Reply to  julian1

Good weather! and partly people getting their currency ticks in advwnce to tide them through the August holidays 🙂

Edd B
Edd B
10 days ago
Reply to  julian1

As in the display team? Unlikely its only 1 jet and most of the work for that is done pre-season April/May time is a great time to go to Coningsby and get an air display  😁 

Nic
Nic
3 days ago

I wonder how many of the Typhoon deployments would have been to intercept Russian aircraft entering UK and Irish airspace.