Radar base now operational

The Typhoon jet flying over the Saxa Vord radar base. Photo: MoD

PHOTOS have been released of an RAF jet flying over the newly installed radar at Saxa Vord in Unst.

A spokesman from the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the remote radar head, which is not manned, is now operational.

It will provide information on aircraft movements to the north of the UK, while it “improve RAF and NATO understanding of the airspace north of Britain and further out across the Norwegian Sea, improving the UK’s sovereign capability at a time of heightened Russian military activity”.

The Typhoon fighter jet was one of two which flew over Shetland earlier this week as part of celebrations of the RAF’s centenary year.