Air Space: Defence

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of incursions into British airspace by foreign military aircraft.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

There have been no unauthorised incursions by any foreign military aircraft into sovereign air space around the UK, which projects 12 miles off shore or to mutually agreed mid-points between adjacent nations over narrow straits such as the Straits of Dover. The UK civil air traffic region and the NATO Air Policing Area, which the UK has responsibility for monitoring, include large areas of international airspace through which foreign military traffic may legally transit.

The airspace around and approaching the UK is permanently monitored and RAF Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert aircraft stand ready to scramble and intercept aircraft approaching the UK if required.

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