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originally posted by: Something Fishy
Russia's Northern Fleet is conducting military drills in the English Channel
Sound travels far over water.
Russian media reports that the ships were also conducting drills to "repel air attack".
originally posted by: wycky
Don't know if this has been posted. Someone has put up a video of the noise.
Apparently the bangs were heard all around the world
originally posted by: HelenConway
a reply to: Foo_Lovers
That is quite worrying - especially as they keep sending their military air crafts into British space - requiring interception [ several times in recent months - that we know of]
Where is the English Channel is it the area around Dorset / West Sussex and Hampshire / Kent ??
Would not explain South Devon that is on the Atlantic or Scotland that borders the North Sea and the North Atlantic ??
Supplementary memorandum from the Ministry of Defence
1a. How many times have Russian military aircraft attempted to enter UK territorial airspace in 2007, 2008 and 2009, without authorisation?
No Russian military aircraft have attempted to enter UK territorial airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the UK coastline. Russian military aircraft operate in international airspace and have every right to exercise their defence capabilities.
1b. How many times have Russian military aircraft attempted to enter the UK flight information region in 2007, 2008 and 2009, without authorisation?
— Russian military aircraft entered the UK Flight Information Region on 10 separate days in 2007.
— Russian military aircraft entered the UK Flight Information Region on six separate days in 2008.
— Russian military aircraft entered the UK Flight Information Region on two separate days in 2009 (correct as of 1 May).
The UK Flight Information Region, outside of 12 nautical miles from the UK coastline, remains international airspace but to transit the area aircraft are required to file flight plans, communicate with Air Traffic Control and utilise secondary surveillance radar (SSR), a means for providing information on the air traffic control agency and height. Russian military aircraft do not adhere to these accepted Air Traffic Control requirements. This is against International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations for which Russia is a signatory state and poses a potential flight safety risk. We are taking this issue forward with Department for Transport, who through the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Air Traffic Services contract provide Air Traffic Control services.
The UK Flight Information Region (see map below) contains some of the busiest airspace in Europe including the transatlantic air route structure. Within the UK Flight Information Region, Air Traffic Control operations rely largely on SSR to maintain safe distances between aircraft operating in close proximity. Aircraft not transponding SSR can therefore be invisible to Air Traffic Control operators. Risks to flight safety are mitigated by close liaison between UK Air Defence and Air Traffic Control units. Air Defence units use a combination of primary radar and SSR and are able to detect such aircraft within Air Defence radar coverage. The launch of UK Quick Reaction Alert aircraft to intercept unidentified aircraft also mitigates the flight safety risk.
originally posted by: StitchWitch
Hi I'm new to ATS and joined because of this thread.
I heard the exact same sound as in the Daily mail link between 9pm and 9.45pm on Saturday.
It sounded a lot like fireworks but much louder.
I'm near Coventry in the Uk.
originally posted by: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
a reply to: HelenConway
I saw flashes of light the night before the noise. But I assumed it was just 'Lightening' although there was no accompanying 'Thunder' (which usually happens).
originally posted by: Elijah23
a reply to: Notgod
You might be right, the farmer who own the land next to me has recently had the ground in two of his fields collapse, they said he must have a mine that runs under the fields that's finally collapsed.
which is possible we are not far from mining areas but it was only a couple of weeks ago now this... so perhaps fracking, and given that we know so little about how the crust beneath us will react to fracking (apart from knowing it will generally react badly...) the actual fracking may be taking place a hundred or more miles away. .. but still doesn't explain the flashes seen in so many places...