RAF considering operating from Motorways.

R0B

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According to UK Defence Journal the RAF are considering some test dispersals to Motorways and civvy airfields in a series of ‘no-notice’ scatter drills called Exercise Agile Stance. I'm not sure if that has been done since the Jaguar landed on the M55 near Preston back in the 80's.

 

CplFoodspoiler

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According to UK Defence Journal the RAF are considering some test dispersals to Motorways and civvy airfields in a series of ‘no-notice’ scatter drills called Exercise Agile Stance. I'm not sure if that has been done since the Jaguar landed on the M55 near Preston back in the 80's.


Never happen. Have you experienced the catering on motorways?
 
TTW dispersion of aircraft and other key equipment continued well into the 1990s as part of the TACEVAL drills, but there just isn't the range of serviceable military airfields left that could handle military aircraft. Additionally, under the Government War Book, civil aviation infrastructure and air traffic services came under RAF control at a certain alert state as an 'Alert Measure'. I doubt that these measures are still in place. Allegedly sections of the A1 adjacent to Leeming had prepared as operating surfaces, with tie-down points for PHAG. There is a 1000 m of A1 available, but it is capped at either end with a bridge - plus there's lighting infrastructure, central barriers etc that would need to be moved, PSP taxyway put in - this work would have been done by the resident RE(V) Squadron.

And just to think 20 years ago when the airfield draw-down plans were being mooted under the 'Future basing' model, voices suggesting 'strategic vulnerability' an 'too many eggs in one basket ' (see Brize Norton, Marham, Waddington) were shouted down as Cold War warriors.
 
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japseyewarrior

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On the one hand the ACM is advocating Space wars and dispersed ops...on the other hand the RAF can't even keep the runway of their largest Station serviceable in warm weather.
 

cowgoesmoo

Old-Salt
As there's only about 10 miles of the motorway network thats not covered in roadworks it wouldn't be hard for the Russians to figure out where they're going to land!
 
And just to think 20 years ago when the airfield draw-down plans were being mooted under the 'Future basing' model, voices suggesting 'strategic vulnerability' an 'too many eggs in one basket ' (see Brize Norton, Marham, Waddington) were shouted down as Cold War warriors.
Probably by the same people who are now calling it a short sighted decision.
 
Is it different tarmac on runways to roads? Would a regular stretch of motorway need changing to prevent for example afterburner 'melt' of road tarmac?
 
Is it different tarmac on runways to roads? Would a regular stretch of motorway need changing to prevent for example afterburner 'melt' of road tarmac?
There are appropriate Marshall coatings available for operating surfaces; what you occasionally used to see in Germany were stretches of motorway that suddenly became concrete - and would have a holding area at each end.
 
It was done in Germany 40 years ago. The Armco near Laarbruch was removable.
 
According to UK Defence Journal the RAF are considering some test dispersals to Motorways and civvy airfields in a series of ‘no-notice’ scatter drills called Exercise Agile Stance. I'm not sure if that has been done since the Jaguar landed on the M55 near Preston back in the 80's.

U.K. Defence Journal is very poor, it’s owner operator is very precious when challenged, just have a look at his Twitter meltdown over being called out over the Russia fires warning shots at the Royal Navy.

Dispersal is nothing new, it shows that the Royal Air Force are taking seriously the potential threats Russian provide, also the negative issue of having super air stations,
 
Nothing new in this and it was what 10 Sqn RE were trained to do, to provide hides and pads for Harriers.
 
You've got this all wrong. It's nothing to do with Fast Jets and everything to do with getting some more revenue.

When they say operating on motorways, they mean augmenting the RAC. There's a reason the uniforms are nigh-on identical.......
 

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