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Subject: Top this for a speeding ticket...

Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident, while checking for speeding motorists on the A-1 Great North Road .

One of the officers (who are not named) used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300mph. The machine then stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

The radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado fighter jet over the North Sea , which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district.

Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office.

Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style. 'Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had automatically locked on to your 'hostile radar equipment' and sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, the Sidewinder Air-to-ground missiles aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also locked on to the target. Fortunately the Dutch pilot flying the Tornado responded to the missile status alert intelligently and was able to override the automatic protection system before the missile was launched'.

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[email protected] radar equipment.

As a mobile ground radar operator in the Air Force, I find this very amusing.

Stupid Constable.


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As a completely fake news story it is amusing.

A sidewinder is an IR guided missile, so it wouldn't lock on to a radar source. It is also an AIR TO AIR missile, not an AGM and actually to be truely correct for a launch against an emmiting ground target it would be an ARM.

Combined with the fact that I don't know of any jets with "automatic protection systems" that would launch a missile at a radar source. A handheld speed radar also wouldn't be a strong enough emitter nor the right type of emmiter to cause a missile launch warning to begin with.

It was amusing though.
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Lmao, that would have been quite an interesting day.



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[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=108960.msg2236652#msg2236652 date=1208349570]
As a completely fake news story it is amusing.

A sidewinder is an IR guided missile, so it wouldn't lock on to a radar source. It is also an AIR TO AIR missile, not an AGM and actually to be truely correct for a launch against an emmiting ground target it would be an ARM.

Combined with the fact that I don't know of any jets with "automatic protection systems" that would launch a missile at a radar source. A handheld speed radar also wouldn't be a strong enough emitter nor the right type of emmiter to cause a missile launch warning to begin with.

It was amusing though.
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did not realize my initials were aka a weapon lol. Funny story to read tho.
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Boooo!don't ruin the story for us people that don't know any better!

[quote author=azazel1024 link=topic=108960.msg2236652#msg2236652 date=1208349570]
As a completely fake news story it is amusing.

A sidewinder is an IR guided missile, so it wouldn't lock on to a radar source. It is also an AIR TO AIR missile, not an AGM and actually to be truely correct for a launch against an emmiting ground target it would be an ARM.

Combined with the fact that I don't know of any jets with "automatic protection systems" that would launch a missile at a radar source. A handheld speed radar also wouldn't be a strong enough emitter nor the right type of emmiter to cause a missile launch warning to begin with.

It was amusing though.
-Matt
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Well, that's the thing...Matt may know this and I may know this but that whiney Constable probably didn't now this. This is what makes it funny.



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if the jet was close enough to be picked up by the rader, they would have definatly heard it as well.
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[quote author=mrc link=topic=108960.msg2236759#msg2236759 date=1208353176]
Well, that's the thing...Matt may know this and I may know this but that whiney Constable probably didn't now this. This is what makes it funny.


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Now there's a point. Could have happened and the Constable got an ear full of bull. If it did I would have loved to be there when the RAF base liason officer wrote up that letter. I bet there were a lot of blokes rolling on the floor laughing.
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I have some serious respect for the RAF after seeing this on Top Gear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14HsFMV-H7A

Probably one of the coolest things...EVER.

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