Raf Fast Jet Assists Flood Relief Efforts from the Air
Image Shows a 31 Sqn, RAF Marham Tornado being loaded with a Raptor Pod before a sortie to provide imagery of the Thames Valley area.
The Royal Air Force today launched one of its Tornado fast jets to capture a highly detailed aerial picture of the areas affected by the floods, after a request by Gold commanders in the Thames Valley.
The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham in Norfolk has produced detailed imagery that will aid the planning and co-ordination of multi-agency efforts to provide relief to local residents and communities.
The aircraft, operated by the RAF's 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile RAPTOR – Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado – which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery. The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at RAF Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities for their use
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