Sir Michael Graydon, former head of the Royal Air Force (RAF), claims that Britain would not be able to respond to Russian attacks, because “the defense forces were decimated”
The UK would not be able to defend itself against threats coming from the Russian army, says a former senior official of the military, quoted by Daily Mail.
Thus, Sir Michael Graydon, former head of the Royal Air Force (RAF), claims that Britain would not be able to respond to Russian attacks, because “the defense forces were decimated”.
This declaration occurs within the context in which local authorities revealed on Thursday that British fighter jets were sent on Wednesday to intercept two Russian military planes off the coast of the Cornwall peninsula (England). The Tupolev-95 type Russian bombers were intercepted and escorted outside of the area where they were signaled, without having entering British air space.
British Prime Minister David Cameron played down the incident: “The Russians are just trying to prove something and I do not believe that they deserve an answer. I think that this incident demonstrates the fact that we have the planes, the pilots and the systems required to defend Britain.”
However, the former British Air Force official is contradicting Cameron. He showed that the number of jets has been drastically reduced in recent years, from 26 during the Cold War to 7 in the present day.