Typhoon jets departed RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland in order to conduct Quick Reaction Alert training with Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft.

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The Draken operated Dassault Falcon 20 in this case is a heavily modified business jet designed to simulate targets such as bombers or large aircraft.

In addition to this long-standing agreement, Draken recently won a contract to provide ‘aggressor’ aircraft and pilots for RAF pilots to “fight” against during combat training.

Draken to provide ‘aggressor’ aircraft to fight RAF jets

How does Quick Reaction Alert tasking work and why are they training for it?

According to the RAF website, the National Air Defence Operations Centre (NADOC) at RAF Air Command, High Wycombe collates information from radar sites across the UK and from civilian air traffic and intelligence agencies.

“They decide the threat is sufficient to scramble Typhoon jets and pass the order to to the Control and Reporting Centres (CRCs) at RAF Scampton and RAF Boulmer. The CRCs have direct contact with the pilots at RAF Lossiemouth and pass on the scramble message. Pilots at RAF Coningsby are ordered to standby in the cockpits of their Typhoons. RAF Coningsby is the second QRA station in the UK.”

Essentially, the jets and their crews are at a moments notice to launch and intercept unresponsive or dangerous aircraft.

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Johnny Lincoln
Johnny Lincoln
3 days ago

I live next to Coningsby and can say it is quite spectacular to watch an ‘unrestricted’ QRA launch. Even having seen them ‘go off’ many times I still marvel at those magnificent men in their flying machines.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
3 days ago

Typhoons doing a great work. Out of interest when the 2 from Lossiemouth go out it says 2 at Coningsby get into the cockpit. What happens if they go as well? Is it then 2 at Lossiemouth then Coningsby and so on.

Frank62
Frank62
2 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

More to the point, what if both bases are hit by anti runway munitions by missile strike? After decades of cuts & closures of air bases & destructiion of runways, reductions in the fighter force our defences are very brittle.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

The only country that I think could really attack would be Russia and I don’t think they would sneak attack unless it was full nuclear. There’s airfields all over the country. The typhoons have a good short takeoff and they still use the hardened aircraft shelters. The raf had been practicing setting up at other airfields. I imagine if there was a threat they have plans in place. It then comes to how much would it cost and what would be cut to pay for it. Some countries did spend lots on dispersal, mountainside caverns etc. not sure how good… Read more »

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
2 days ago
Reply to  Frank62

RE will repair the runways, and quickly. They have a special team for that.
But there must be other runways in the UK that could also be used in extremis, surely.

James
James
1 day ago
Reply to  Frank62

How many runways exist in the UK that a Typhoon can operate on both civilian and military, exactly quite a few.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
5 minutes ago
Reply to  James

I would say the number of runways across the whole of the U.K. a typhoon could use is in the hundreds.
Still the idea that the U.K. is suddenly coming under attack without prior warning of escalation is almost zero. Folks would of said Russia, not likely. Who else is there?

David_s
David_s
2 days ago

These exercises are good, I hope they are kept up – but the key thing with NATO is the interoperability , and how 10s to hundreds of aircraft can work together – the Russian air force can’t even work with itself (and you can imagine with sanctions, brain drain, and morale issues that is going to get worse).

Let’s keep out guys training – we’re 10x better than the Russians now, being 50x better than them is a worthy goal.