RAF Typhoon
An RAF Typhoon fighter jet (Picture: MOD).
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RAF Typhoons cleared to fly as normal again after being grounded over technical issue

Non-essential flying of the Typhoon, the UK's main Quick Reaction Alert aircraft, was paused on Friday.

RAF Typhoon
An RAF Typhoon fighter jet (Picture: MOD).

Royal Air Force Typhoons are clear to fly again after being temporarily grounded due to a technical issue, Forces News understands.

Non-essential flights of the fighter jets were paused on Friday because of a technical issue that the RAF said could affect the aircraft's ejection seats.

The pause was described by the RAF as a "temporary safety precaution" until the situation was "better understood".

The RAF's Red Arrows were also initially grounded because of the issue but were later given permission to return to the skies immediately on Friday evening. 

Operational and essential flying of the aircraft continued while inspections were carried out.

The Typhoon is a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed for a number of air operations – including air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict.

Based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby, the RAF has the largest fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons.

The aircraft's most essential role is for Quick Reaction Alert for UK and Falkland Islands airspace, according to the RAF, but it also deploys on NATO air policing missions.

Typhoons are currently deployed to Romania as part of NATO's air policing mission on the alliance's eastern flank.

The aircraft has a max speed of 2.0 Mach, or 1534.54 mph, and can fly at an altitude of 55,000ft. 

They also come equipped with short-range Air-to-Air Missiles (SRAAM), 27mm Mauser Cannon, an active radar-guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and laser-guided bombs.