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UK RAF Considers Reviving Cold War Drills to Tackle Alleged Russian Missile Threat

Earlier this year, the UK’s new foreign policy review called Russia the “most acute threat” to Britain’s security in the Euro-Atlantic region. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by stressing that Russia “has never been anyone’s enemy, and it does not pose a threat to anyone”.

Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) plans to reinstate Cold War-era drills due to the threat over a potential deployment of cruise missiles in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mike Wigston told The Telegraph.

“We’ll be re-learning how to disperse”, he said, adding that if “the arsenal [of advanced cruise missiles Russian President Vladimir] Putin has been bragging about” was moved to Kaliningrad “we’d be in range”.

During a series of “no-notice” scatter drills called Exercise Agile Stance, RAF fighter jets will be ordered to disperse, meaning the warplanes will leave their bases to land at civilian airfields or even on motorways, according to the ACM.

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