The Royal Air Force will reportedly be on high alert in December in order to track a special cargo flight from the Arctic region.
The aircraft is also said to be capable of intelligence gathering, with the ability to determine the behavioural status of British citizens, classifying them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
The annual decision to place the Royal Air Force on high alert was prompted by an incident many years ago in which British fighter aircraft escorted an unregistered 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 in the coming weeks.
Other commentators have noted that these flights are unusual, questioning where the cargo comes from as the Arctic region doesn’t import goods or export produce, because it’s elf sufficient.
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 have previously used satellites with infra-red sensors to track the aircraft, 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 bright red aircraft over every British city, town and village.
The owner of the aircraft described the incident as “a sleigh’t misunderstanding”. More on this as it develops.
Original Article ukdefencejournal