Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

As the US officially enters the Yemen military campaign, the UK appears ready and willing to precipiate a catalytic event from which there is no going back. With relations between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows and deteriorating fast, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now "one step closer" to being at war, according to the Sunday Times.

While the RAF's Tornado pilots have been instructed to avoid contact with Russian aircraft while engaged in missions for Operation Shader, the codename for the RAF's anti-Isis work in Iraq and Syria, their aircraft have been armed with air-to-air missiles and the pilots have been given the green light to defend themselves if they are threatened by Russian pilots.

"The first thing a British pilot will do is to try to avoid a situation where an air-to-air attack is likely to occur — you avoid an area if there is Russian activity," an unidentified source from the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) told the Sunday Times. "But if a pilot is fired on or believes he is about to be fired on, he can defend himself. We now have a situation where a single pilot, irrespective of nationality, can have a strategic impact on future events."

Where things get tricky is the qualifier "if he believes he is about to be fired on" - since this makes open engagement a function of threat evaluation in real time during stressed conditions, the likelihood of an escalation that could result in two warplanes shooting at each other, just jumped significantly.

The RAF Tornados aircraft will be armed with heat-seeking Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (Asraams, also called AIM-132 missiles), the IBT adds. These weapons, which cost £200,000 each, have a longer range than other air-to-air missiles, allowing RAF pilots to shoot down enemy aircraft without being targeted themselves.

Providing cover to the largely underreported, if substantial escalation, according to the Sunday Times report an appraisal carried out by UK defence officials said: "It took six days for Russia to strike any Isis targets at all. Their air strikes have included moderate opposition groups who have been fighting to defend their areas from Isis. Among the targets hit were three field hospitals." In the past 24 hours Russia's Defence Ministry said that it has continued its air strikes on IS positions in Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Raqqa. It reported that the attacks resulted in the "complete destruction" of "53 fortified areas and strong points with armament and military hardware", seven ammunition depots, four field camps of "terrorists", one command centre, and artillery and mortar batteries.

Russia has countered that US airstrikes have failed to make much of an impact on ISIS targets, and as reported last month, a "mistaken" strike by the US coalition forces killed over 60 Syrian soldiers in a move Russia accused of being a provocation to war.

The Sunday Times' report quoted a defence source as saying: "Up till now RAF Tornados have been equipped with 500lb satellite-guided bombs — there has been no or little air-to-air threat. But in the last week the situation has changed. We need to respond accordingly."

But another source of the original story summarized the severity of the situation best when he said that "we need to protect our pilots but at the same time we're taking a step closer to war. It will only take one plane to be shot down in an air-to-air battle and the whole landscape will change."

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nightwish's picture

This is not fucking funny anymore

Chuck Norris's picture

Explains the U.S. Warplanes dressed as Russian fighters in "training" missions over Syria


But only stupid dirty conspiracists think that

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

So I guess it's gonna be an RAF plane that's the first victim of Rusiia's missile defense system

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

WWI, II, and now III all have 1 thing in common:

The Big Banks were struggling, and needed more power IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.

This is another war for BIG BANK SURVIVAL.

Either we go to war, and they win, or we let deflation play out, and they lose.

Keyser's picture

Why do I get the mental image of Slim Pickens whooping and hollering as he is riding a nuke?  

BaBaBouy's picture

Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria""

Who ever starts WW3 Nuke War will be the world Largest Mass Murderer Of All Time, Fucking psychopathic leadership...

Motasaurus's picture

The next pilot to shoot down a Russian jet in the vicinity of Syria doesn't get to go home. 

Those S300s and S400s are odds on to prove their combat effectiveness.

BaBaBouy's picture

""Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria""

Better warn the idiot millenials... Their Iphone will go down, forever...

Radiation is your friend, learn how to eat Bugs ...

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Some people think we may be going a little too far to restore peace and democracy to the Middle East. But we all have to ask ourselves - if we can save just one Syrian child from Assad, isn't it all worth it?

How Refugees Boost the Economy

BaBaBouy's picture

"Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria""

I Guess the "Royals" would survive in their underground bunkers???

nibiru's picture

Now, with this information let us think what was happening with Ukraine, and now in Syria (previously the whole Arab spring etc). They need war sooo much and it is not happening – now with oil price so low not only the overtaxed American economy cannot even get back from its knees but even China is not the steamroller it had been previously – Banks preparing for another 2008 with NIRP and bail in’s directive in EU, DB threatening to bring down the financial system of Europe, not to mention Brexit putting the EU at the brink of collapse.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Isaiah 17

New International Version (NIV)



17 A prophecy against Damascus:


“See, Damascus will no longer be a city

    but will become a heap of ruins.

2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted

    and left to flocks, which will lie down,

    with no one to make them afraid.

3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,

    and royal power from Damascus;

the remnant of Aram will be

    like the glory of the Israelites,”

declares the Lord Almighty.

4 “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade;

    the fat of his body will waste away.

5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,

    gathering the grain in their arms—

as when someone gleans heads of grain

    in the Valley of Rephaim.

6 Yet some gleanings will remain,

    as when an olive tree is beaten,

leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,

    four or five on the fruitful boughs,”

declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

7 In that day people will look to their Maker

    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

8 They will not look to the altars,

    the work of their hands,

and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]

    and the incense altars their fingers have made.

9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.


10 You have forgotten God your Savior;

    you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.

Therefore, though you set out the finest plants

    and plant imported vines,

11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,

    and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud,

yet the harvest will be as nothing

    in the day of disease and incurable pain.

12 Woe to the many nations that rage—

    they rage like the raging sea!

Woe to the peoples who roar—

    they roar like the roaring of great waters!

13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters,

    when he rebukes them they flee far away,

driven before the wind like chaff on the hills,

    like tumbleweed before a gale.

14 In the evening, sudden terror!

    Before the morning, they are gone!

This is the portion of those who loot us,

    the lot of those who plunder us.

BuddyEffed's picture

Am expecting one of the players to declare a no fly zone soon.

quadraspleen's picture

Russia declared one about a week ago. Keep up! ;)

eforce's picture

RAF shoots down a Russian jet, S-400 gets turned on, the end...

Shropshire Lad's picture

No RAF pilots flying their 40 year old aircraft will ever see a Russian aircraft -- they will just experience their own aircraft exploding.

jeff montanye's picture

maybe russia will just knock out all u.s. and british electronics to protect us from ourselves.

isn't it funny that this, precisely war or peace, is really the only important issue in the u.s. presidential election but so many of the silly voters seem to care more about pussy words (trump) and dick actions/reactions (bill and hillary)?

Shropshire Lad's picture

No RAF pilots flying their 40 year old aircraft will ever see a Russian aircraft -- they will just experience their own aircraft exploding.

Grave's picture

"avoid an area if there is Russian activity"

yeah get the fuck out of syria
they were not invited by official syrian government
so in effect they are the invading army violating a sovereign nations borders

remain calm's picture






gladih8r's picture

Yellow ribbons that say "Support Our ISIS Troops" are coming soon to a store near you.

Pinto Currency's picture


The City of London financial center is in collapse esp. their LBMA metals fraud.

A creative story is needed to explain the collapse.

Blame Russia.

Due North's picture

I don't make much practice of reading Hebrew scripture, but when I do I like to get straight on to Genesis VI.... you know, Sons of God making overtures to the Daughters of Man. Make Love, Not war!

IS BE's picture

Abandon the three Semitic Death Cults, return to the religion of your ancestors. 

Grave's picture

follow your ancestors native cultures and mythology,
be it nordic, celtic, slavic, greek, roman, etc.
dont trade all that rich and wonderful heritage for the bland and bleak terror of abrahamic death cults

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

They fearfully called him, Muddy Conan the Impaler

TheObsoleteMan's picture

I remember seeing that movie back in the 80s when it was first on TV. I couldn't watch it through till the end. Why did they even bother with dialog? Just show sword fighting all the way through. That's all it was anyway.

Killdo's picture

you are right - religion is the original totalitarianism  - always used as a shitty stick to beat bovine masses into fear and submission. The original enforcer of fraud - FED, crony government and all other fraud we are facing are based on it.


Adullam's picture

Quoting the Bible out of context is never wise. That prophecy has nothing to do with today's events.

Battlefield USA's picture

Damascus has never been a ruinous heap. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world... going back to 10,000 BC +-.

So, there's that. A time for everything under the Sun. So when the bible tells that Damascus will be a ruinous heap, and it has never been a ruinous heap, keep looking into the future.

Adullam's picture

You need to study history a bit more. Isaiah was warning of a coming judgment near at hand. Not something 2700 years in the future. No relevance whatsoever.

Damascus was destroyed and citizens taken captive by Assyrian armies under Tiglath-Pileser (2 Kings 16:9).

Quaerere_Veritatem's picture

Speak the truth in fearlessness, Adullam!

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

hey two-weeker... go fuck yourself... that was a quote with no context

Adullam's picture

I posted here for years under different name. But that doesn't matter.

And it was a quote in context. That being the thread in which it was posted.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

If this fucking nation thinks I'm fighting for its elite, they're in for a really rude awakening.  I'm fighting mad, but it wont be the Russians I'm gonna be targeting.

GreatUncle's picture

+1 Fuck my family are livid ... what they fucking doing trying to start a fucking war? UK by the way.

MalteseFalcon's picture

So the British wan to put the starting of a war in the hands of a single pilot?

Remarkable irresponsible or ???

jeff montanye's picture

actually Gavrilo Princip, but yes.

Omen IV's picture

The velocity of money is at an all time low. People are not spending with the exception of leveraged purchases for cars and housing and  now in downward trajectory despite low interest rates.

Who do you sell a house to once TTP is in place with unlimited H-1b plus escalating property taxes? what is the value proposition of a house?

Negative rates mean you are instructed to save even more. The entire system is designed to fail everywhere you look.

This is the most bizarre period economically and socially i have ever witnessed. The 60's during the Vietnam protest were calm and understandable compared to today.

Mr. Bones's picture

When goods stop crossing a nation's borders, [soldiers] will. 

Substitute cruise missile, drone, etc for soldiers.  Ultimately though, there will be blood.

Killdo's picture

I think the idea is to make us as helpless, confused and fearful as possible. So that we can't think clearly. They are doing to us what they used to do to Chile, Argentina etc

Katos's picture

They're lizards anyway, they love radiation, it makes them horny!

beemasters's picture

"if we can save just one Syrian child from Assad, isn't it all worth it?"

Only if Madeleine Albright agreed with you when 500,000 children we have killed said to be all worth it.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

If we can save one baby from being pulled out of an incubator and stomped, it will all be worth it