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RAF reforms 11 Group to counter new and evolving threats

08 November 2018
The ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance station at RAF Fylingdales is one of four RAF multidomain bases that now come under the auspices of the recently reformed 11 Group. Source: DVIDS/Robert Lingley

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has reformed 11 Group to meet new and evolving threats in the air, cyber, and space domains, the service has announced.

The reformation of the group that was tasked with defending London and the southeast of England during the Battle of Britain was first reported by Jane’s in July, with the RAF announcing its formal reactivation as a new Multi-Domain Operations Command (MDOC) in early November.

Headquartered at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Ian Duguid, 11 Group will for the first time bring together air, cyber, and space command-and-control (C2) capabilities under one commander. The RAF stations that now come under the umbrella of the newly reformed group comprise RAF Fylindales, RAF Scampton, RAF Spadeadam, and RAF Boulmer.

Located in North Yorkshire, RAF Fylindales is key component of the Allied Space Surveillance Network, providing a continuous ballistic missile early warning service to the UK and US governments. RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire hosts No 1 Air Control Centre, which plays an important role in the protection of UK airspace. RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria is the only Electronic Warfare Tactics facility in Europe, and is the largest RAF station by land area. RAF Boulmer in Northumberland is a critical component of the RAF Battlespace Management Force and is home to the Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS).

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