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UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

17 August 2018

Key Points

  • RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July
  • The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions

UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula to monitor Russian forces in the contested territory.

At least five missions have been flown by the Sentinel from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus since 13 July, according to open source monitoring of the aircraft’s ADS-B transponders.

Tracks of the missions show the aircraft, from No 5 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, flying in international airspace over the Black Sea for extended periods.

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