The Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert from now until the end of next month in order to track an ‘expected’ unregistered cargo flight from the Arctic region.

The aircraft is understood to have “good or bad” intelligence gathering capabilities.

The move has been prompted by an incident around a year ago in which Typhoon aircraft escorted a Lapland registered aircraft over the UK’s major cities, the pilot of the craft was said to be under the influence of alcohol and very “festive”, this is especially dangerous due to the sheer volume of cargo the aircraft was carrying.

MoD spokesman Cringle had this to say:

“Interception is part of what the QRA force do. We have to identify and confirm who or what is flying through our airspace or approaching our airspace and since the craft appears at the same time each year, we have a fairly good idea who will be flying but we don’t take any chances.”

This is expected to happen again towards the end of next month on the 24th through to the 25th.

Leaked imagery of a previous incident in which a Voyager tanker, equipped to supply brandy, was launched to intercept the red aircraft.

The Ministry of Defence previously used satellites with infrared sensors to track the aircraft last time this happened, it is understood that the heat from an animals red nose was clearly visible and it was at this point RAF aircraft began escorting the jet over every British city, town and village.

More on this as it develops, we expect more updates on the 25h of December.

Everyone could use a bit of festive cheer, we hope this article has given you some of that.

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geoff
geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Good Morning George. Really appreciate having the privilege of access to UKDJ but am totally mystified as to why my post was deleted? Please could the moderator let me know so I do not repeat the ‘crime’ but rwhat I said could have come from the mouth of our local Presbyterian Minister! Regards

geoff
geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Thanks George and all the best. Lets hope the Boys in Blue keep the skies safe during this busy time 🙂

geoff
geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Hi George. Sorry-my post was for another article sent here by mistake and should have course been deleted by moderator as not on subject. I feel a right eejit!!! 🙁

George Allison
George Allison
7 months ago
Reply to  geoff

We don’t have moderators Geoff, we’re a small team. Most of it’s automated and the rest is myself or someone else on a Friday evening.

geoff
geoff
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Thanks George-noted for future. Cheers

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

Love it!

Dan
Dan
7 months ago

I’m concerned about the payload this aircraft may be carrying. Are the RAF sure it should be allowed into our airspace?

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Stuff the airspace….do they know my post code?

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
7 months ago

Nice one. Always enjoy these, especially when people take them seriously.

Damo
Damo
7 months ago

Bloody (north) eastern Europeans coming over here and taking all the delivery jobs….

Geoffrey Roach
Geoffrey Roach
7 months ago

This has the feel of “chestnuts ” about it…

Jonathan
Jonathan
7 months ago

Christmas joy in December yes…..BUT……I say NO MR Allison it’s not advent, yes your a respected Defence blogger…but you can’t move advent…(in and angry comic 1990s comic voice).

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
7 months ago

They need to lookout for a pilotless F14 Tomcat, as I’m not sure Lt Turkey has control of the aircraft since Lt Carrot was ejected ?

Steve R
Steve R
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve Salt

That’s been my favourite Christmas advert this year.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
7 months ago

Here we go again… every year tis the same. Oh well I guess it has become UKDJ tradition.

Darren hall
Darren hall
7 months ago
Reply to  George Allison

we know…..

Anyway, I heard due to ”His” age and the fact he has a massive beard, rendering any mask useless, that there is a younger stand in this year.

Any chance I could recommend a friend who has lost his job due to COVID… lol

David Flandry
David Flandry
7 months ago

Biological Air Transport Systems(BATS)

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago

Lets hope Covid19 has Not disrupted the production of presents too much, and Santa Claus has enough presents to distribute on Xmas day!

At least Santa is getting prepared!

Daveyb
Daveyb
7 months ago

I heard that Santa’s in quarantine and that he has had to furlough some of his staff.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Daveyb

Ho, dear!

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
7 months ago
Reply to  Meirion X

He`s being treated by the National Elf Service.

Meirion X
Meirion X
7 months ago
Reply to  Daveyb

Well then! A lot of boys and girls will be in tears this Xmas, by the look of things!

Rokuth
Rokuth
7 months ago

From what I hear, Santa will be going Contactless this year for deliveries. He will be operating a Drones to make the run this year. It has the Top Santa Secret Name of the Loyal Elfman Drone project.

David Flandry
David Flandry
7 months ago

These are incursions by he Imperial Arctic Air Force