The Royal Air Force and Navy have increased their activity along the borders of the Russian Federation, conducting patrols. The RAF has identified the vulnerabilities of the air defense of the Russian Federation so that they can subsequently be used for SEAD mission, reported by the British Sunday Times.
Patrolling has been carried out since late August. The Sunday Times calls it “an unprecedented operation to transfer the Russian military to a defensive position.”
28 British aircraft take part in long-distance flights. They operate over the Black Sea and in the Arctic zone near the Kola Peninsula. Each sortie is carried out by a group of five combat aircraft. The operation involves Typhoon fighters, Voyager tanker aircraft, Sentry E-3 AWACS and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, and Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft.
In total, the RAF has five Sentinel, which have entered service since 2008. It is based on the Bombardier Global XRS business jet. The data collected by the Sentinel Dual Mode Radar Sensor side-scan radar is transmitted via satellite to a ground station. It is assumed that next year they will be removed from service and replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.
According to the report, the RAF conducted a targeted radio-electronic effect on the Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense system.
Experts believe that due to the fact that the radio-electronic impact on Russian systems can be carried out in different ranges, such a large number of combat and reconnaissance aircraft of Great Britain can mean only one thing – preparation for a SEAD and DEAD mission.
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