The Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert in the coming days in order to intercept and track flights from the Arctic region.

The move has been prompted by an incident around a year ago in which Typhoon aircraft escorted a Lapland registered aircraft (flying from the Arctic region) 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. This is expected to happen again.

An MoD spokesman 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.”

The Ministry of Defence used satellites with infra-red 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.

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The RAF are really going to need those additional airframes

Andy Berry
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lol

Kevin Collis
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Joey

Andy Berry
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never gets old this one 🙂

Russell Bushby
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Russell Bushby

I heard that NORAD are tracking him. Don’t hold out any hope though. They have been trying since 1952

andrew hutchinson
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andrew hutchinson

maybe santa needs a bit more stealth technology…

Rik Adams
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You’ll never catch him.

Lee Hodgson
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Is it Santa getting some practice in ?

Adam Williams
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Amy Green

Nick Worthy
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Shoot it down will save a fortune

Adam Williams
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Danni Bailey

Richard Willis
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Ho Ho Ho!!!

Mike Reeve
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Are there Russian markings on his sleigh?

Stephen Brown
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🙂

Mike Wickham
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And here’s me thinking what are the bloody Russian’s up to now haha

Michael Hynes
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Michael Hynes

He won’t be so jolly with an AMRAAM up his backside!

Geoffrey Roach
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Geoffrey Roach

keep those mince pies peeled!!

Jan-Arie
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Jan-Arie

Nice photo but it would be nice if you would give the photographer proper credit.
And that isn’t a Typhoon scrambling to intercept but this photo was taken at the royal international air tattoo in fairford as a Defence Journal you should know that a interceptor doesn’t carry LGB’s under the wing for the occasion it was tooled up and flown by the BAe test pilot at the Airshow…
But lets not be nitpicking 🙂 and you all have a nice Christmas

Keith
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Keith

Lol my first thought was Russians too then I thought hang aabout flying under the influence, Lapland and red noses sounds like he’d make a good prime minister.

Jed
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Jed

Kinda reminds me a mission on PAYDAY 2

Ken Thorn
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Ken Thorn

Bah humbug HO, HO, HO,

Steve Heath
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Steve Heath

Early practice run…. had me going for a minute though…

Andy
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Andy

“We have to identify and confirm who or what is flying through our airspace”
You should make a list, and check it. Twice.

Andy
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Andy

It’s not so much the heat from the red nose on the radar I’m worried about as the waste material from the exhaust on my roof!!