As Russian Jets Skirt UK Coastline, Former RAF Boss Reveals Defence Fears

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the RAF's former bosses has claimed the UK's defences are so weak we could be smashed to pieces and easily occupied by the Russians, were some sort of nightmare global WWIII scenario to unfold.

The comments from Sir Michael Graydon, the former head of the RAF, come as the Russians seem to be toying with the UK's air defences once again, with Russian TV now showing video footage of one of its bombers being intercepted by our Typhoon fighters.

Graydon told the Daily Mail: "‘I very much doubt whether the UK could sustain a shooting war against Russia. We are at half the capabilities we had previously. They fly in these regions to check our air defences and have probably worked out we are not as sharp as we were."

And he's not alone in thinking we could be blitzed by a future enemy. Iraq combat veteran Air Commodore Andrew Lambert added: "If Putin wanted to attack, he would not send a pair of bombers, he would send the lot and saturate our defences; we couldn’t cope." [Telegraph]