‘UK’s RAF training foreign states to counter militant missiles’

A new report says staff from the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) are training foreign governments to prevent airliners being shot down by militant missiles.

According to the Sunday Times, a team of British experts, including RAF troops, has been training foreign governments on how to increase security at airports to prevent such attacks.

The report says UK government officials estimate that up to 10,000 portable, ground-to-air missile systems, known as “manpads”, went missing from Libyan arms bunkers after the 2011 revolution in the North African country.

The shoulder-launched missiles have since turned up in war zones and failed states across Africa and the Middle East, and have been described as an unprecedented menace to air traffic.

 

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