Two members of the traffic police were out in the countryside with a radar gun recently, happily engaged in apprehending speeding motorists, when their equipment suddenly locked-up completely with an unexpected reading of well over 300 mph.

The mystery was explained seconds later as a low flying Tornado hurtled over their heads.

The boys in blue, upset at the damage to their radar gun, put in a complaint to the RAF, but were somewhat chastened when the RAF pointed out that the damage might well have been more severe.

The Tornado’s target-seeker had locked on to the ‘enemy’ radar and triggered an automatic retaliatory air-to-surface missile attack.

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. good joke but Sidewinder Air-to-GROUND missiles??? And furthermore how can it lock onto the “hostile radar” when it’s an infra-red missile?

  2. Wait a second… aren’t Sidewinders heat-seeking air-to-air missiles? How should that one ride a radar beam back to its origin? Either a nice new myth or the reporter mixed the missile names đŸ˜‰

  3. This is a true story but it’s probably about 10 years old – maybe more. It sums up the arrogance of the police beautifully!

  4. story is fake. to many holes in it .
    the aircraft does not belong to the dutch, sidewinder (AIM9) are heat seeking and aim9x after 2008 are a fire first then target via datalink to pilot in proper aircraft.

  5. The Americans in the Vietnam era had an anti radar missile based on the Sidewinder airframe called “Sidearm” which was an early anti radiation missile. Short range point and shoot sorta thing.

  6. Was gunned at the same spot years ago, managed to get off, as the police had not allowed for “deflection”

  7. Missile in question must be the ALARM missile system, not the AIM9 sidewinder! Since the ALARM is an Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile. This type of missile is capable of destroying enemy radars and will be launched automatically by the tornado when the thread computer is confronted with an hostile radar system.
    So in this case the officers could consider themselves very lucky that the Dutch exchange pilot prevented the automatic launch. And yes, there are Dutch pilots qualified in the past to fly tornadoes. Mostly Test pilots and instructors of the RNLAF weapons school.

  8. WOW, I’ really surprised on your intelligence guys … allow me to LOL on you intelligent human beings … This is not a News, This is not a report … instead IS A JOKE !!!! Can you see the title?

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