Audio Reveals How RAF Pilots Would Threaten Fighter Jets Violating British Airspace
Turkey this week shot down a Russian jet which it claimed had entered its airspace... but how would the UK react?
This dramatic audio reveals how RAF pilots would threaten to shoot down a jet which had entered UK airspace.
Turkey this week shot down a Russian fighter jet which it claimed had violated its airspace.
It comes after Russia had received repeated warnings from Turkey about its jets flying over the country while carrying out bombing raids in Syria.
Earlier this year, the Mirror revealed RAF jets challenged Russian planes appearing to close to British airspace an astonishing 88 times between 2005 and the end of 2014.
In February, Russian Tupolev 95 Bears were even intercepted off Cornwall.
So, how would RAF pilots react if a foreign fighter jet entered UK airspace?
This picture shows the Russian jet which was shot down by Turkey this week shortly before it crashed to the ground
We were given a dramatic glimpse of this when a Latvian aircraft disappeared from air traffic control over London last year.
RAF fighter jets were immediately deployed from RAF Coningsby.
In order to get close to their target as quickly as possible, they went supersonic causing a huge 'sonic boom' which were heard by people across north west Kent and caused buildings to shake.
Once they made contact with the pilot, they then issued a chilling warning that they would shoot it down if it did not respond.
Audio of the moment was later revealed on @RAF Coningsby Info - a tweet account unconnected to RAF Coningsby.
The pilot apparently issued this chilling threat: "I am instructed by Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom that unless you respond immediately to my warning, you will be shot down."
The Typhoons eventually escorted the cargo plane to Stansted Airport in Essex, where it was surrounded by police on the tarmac.
The RAF later apologised for causing the sonic boom heard over Kent.
It said on Twitter: "Apologies if we startled you during the successful intercept this afternoon.
"We only go supersonic over land when absolutely necessary."
Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased over the last year amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
Two Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon jets
In January, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain a similar episode when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft.
The RAF released startling images in September of Typhoon fighters shadowing the Tupolev-160 Blackjacks, which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.