Russia: Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Conservative, North Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates, and for what duration unauthorised Russian military aircraft have penetrated UK airspace over the last 12 months.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In the last 12 months no Russian aircraft have penetrated UK national airspace. However, Russian aircraft have approached or entered the NATO Air Policing Area (APA) for which the UK has responsibility.

I am withholding the exact dates and the duration of time that Russian military aircraft have entered the APA as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Although I am withholding the exact dates, the following table gives the number of days within a month that Quick Reaction Alert aircraft have been launched to identify Russian military aircraft approaching or entering the APA.

Number
2007
April 1
May 0
June 0
July 2
August 1
September 3
October 4
November 5
December 2
2008
January 2
February 0
March 1

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