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Ex Seihan River: RAF Typhoons tested on Quick Reaction Alert

Drills simulated an aircraft losing communication and not sticking to its flight plan.

Picture: RAF.

RAF Typhoon fast jets have carried out a test of Quick Reaction Alert capabilities.

The aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland scrambled as part of Exercise Seihan River, supported by Voyager Air-to-Air refuelling aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton.

Drills simulated an aircraft losing communication and not sticking to its flight plan, the Royal Air Force said.

Such exercises are provided through the year to train and test the National Air and Space Operations Centre, RAF Battle Space Managers, the Police force's Special Operations 15 and the Department for Transport. 

Exercise Director, Wing Commander Hindson said the drills aim "to offer realistic training for not only the flying crews responding to an unknown threat, but also the UK Command and Control agencies".

"Today’s scenario successfully tested how the UK responds to an unknown threat ensuring a full appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of all the agencies involved in securing the UK air space."