Red Arrows at RIAT 2022 170722 CREDIT UK MOD © CROWN COPYRIGHT 2022
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RAF resumes Red Arrows flights, non-essential flying of Typhoons still paused

The pause has been brought in over a technical issue that "may affect the safe operation" of the aircraft's ejection seats.

Red Arrows at RIAT 2022 170722 CREDIT UK MOD © CROWN COPYRIGHT 2022
(Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright).

The Royal Air Force has announced the Red Arrows will resume flying immediately, while non-essential flying of its Typhoons is still halted.

On Friday, the RAF announced that because of a technical issue all non-essential flying on both Red Arrows and Typhoons would be paused.

In a Twitter post, the RAF said it had been notified of a problem that "may affect the safe operation" of ejection seats in the aircraft.

The RAF said the pause in non-essential flying came as a "temporary safety precaution until the situation is better understood".

However, on Friday evening it was announced that after further "detailed technical investigations", the Red Arrows were "cleared to resume activity immediately".

The RAF added that while non-essential flying of Typhoons is currently still paused as a safety precaution, this "will have no impact on our national security" and that operational flight commitments to the UK and NATO will continue to be met.

RAF Typhoon on Ex Swift Response over North Macedonia 270522 CREDIT RAF
The Typhoon is the RAF's main Quick Reaction Alert aircraft (Picture: RAF).

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.