Quick, shoot that thing down! Image: The Mongol/Flickr.
According to a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) employee with 21 years of experience, pilots in the Royal Air Force (RAF) are under strict “shoot down” orders to open fire at any unidentified flying object that’s deemed to be a threat to UK airspace.
Specifically, Nick Pope, who ran the MoD’s UFO division, has said it’s only a matter of time before persistent questions surrounding the existence of UFOs receive definitive answers in the form of downed wreckage.
Mr. Pope, a 43-year-old resident of London, has this week revealed that RAF fighter pilots have attempted to bring down several UFOs since being given the directive in the 1980s, but have thus-far failed to inflict sufficient damage to force a craft onto the planet’s surface.
“We know of cases where the order has been given for shoot down – with little effect to the UFO,” explained Mr. Pope.
He also went on to explain the MoD rules of engagement were drafted following dozens of UFO near-miss reports gathered from airline pilots, RAF flight crews and even police helicopters.
“The public won’t know [about a confirmed UFO encounter] unless it comes down in a heavily populated area,” added Mr. Pope. “I do believe we will bring one down. We’re developing increasingly sophisticated weapons.”
While the standard MoD reaction to UFO reports is to dismiss such things as flying saucers and little green men, Mr. Pope maintains there are government ministers and a faction of the defence department that do believe in UFOs.
The Ministry of Defence has refused to comment.
Mr. Pope’s claims come hot on the heels of a reported UFO sighting at a wind farm in Lincolnshire, which left a turbine tower seriously damaged after local eye witnesses said it was struck by one of several speeding and agile craft.