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July 11, 2017

Close Encounters: Russian Military Activities in the Vicinity of UK Air and Sea Space, 2005 – 2016

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Henry Jackson Society

The Henry Jackson Society’s Russia Studies Centre’s latest report, reveals the true scale of the Russian military’s activities around UK territory for the first time.

The report lists and categorises every open-source incident reported by the press or acknowledged by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

The research reveals:

  • From 2005 to 2016, the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft were scrambled on a total of 101 days in response to Russian military aircraft.
  • How Russia is seeking valuable information about sensitive UK defence capabilities – including the “acoustic signature” made by Trident submarines and the sensitivity of the UK’s early warning systems
  • In 2016 alone, the QRA was launched on five days. In 2017, the QRA has been launched twice thus far.
  • NATO air scrambles, in Europe, almost doubled between 2014 and 2016
  • Options for UK Government action, including wider bilateral agreements with Russia

To read the full report, click here.