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Feb 28 2022

RAF Typhoons reinforce NATO's response to the invasion of Ukraine

RAMSTEIN, Germany - RAF Eurofighter Typhoon fighters have taken to the skies as part of NATO's mission to secure NATO airspace, part of the Allied response after Russian forces invaded Ukraine.

These aircraft are contributing to airborne patrols as part of Allied enhanced Vigilance Activity, which is a NATO-led Operation initiated due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This activity sees the UK fighters flying side by side with their Allied colleagues to defend the region and is a robust response to Russian aggression, contributing to the security of Europe.

RAF Typhoons working in partnership with our Allies are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to NATO. We stand ready to defend Europe and the Atlantic region against further aggression

"RAF Typhoons working in partnership with our Allies are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to NATO. We stand ready to defend Europe and the Atlantic region against further aggression," said Air Vice Marshal Phil Robinson, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group. "I am incredibly proud of the courage and commitment of our aircrew operating across the region and of all our personnel who are supporting them."

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RAF Typhoons receiving fuel from a RAF Voyager Air-to Air refuelling aircraft. Key enablers like this increase the reach and endurance of Allied fighters. Photo courtesy of Royal Air Force.
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Two RAF Typhoons carry out armed patrols over Alliance airspace. Together with other Allied air forces they are securing NATO airspace following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Royal Air Force.

The RAF's contribution is in the form of additional Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, operating from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Akrotiri. The Typhoons, armed with state-of-the-art Air-to-Air missiles and a full suite of defensive aids, are patrolling NATO airspace over Poland and Romania, once more demonstrating the UK's unwavering commitment to the NATO Alliance.

RAF Voyager Air-to-air refuelling aircraft from Brize Norton, who offer additional fuel for the fighters so enabling greater range and endurance showing the reach of UK air power to support NATO's defence mission, support the Typhoons.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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