Published On: Wed, Jun 26th, 2019

RAF left embarrassed after blunder Russian fighter jet used in Twitter advertisement | World | News

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The RAF Red Arrows are set to embark on one of their most ambitious deployments to date. The Department for International Trade (DIT) published an exciting poster on Twitter mark the milestone – but made one huge mistake. Describing how high BAE Hawk T1 jets can fly, graphic designers used an outline of a Sukhoi Su-30/33 fighter. Andy Saunders, a military aviation historian, called the tweet an “embarrassing blunder” for the RAF.

She told the MailOnline: “This really is an embarrassing blunder. The aircraft depicted isn’t the BAE Hawk trainer used by the Red Arrows, or anything remotely like it.

“It is a high-performance advanced fighter jet. It looks to me like a depiction of a Russian Sukhoi SU-30.

“I can’t imagine what they were thinking, getting it so very wrong. I despair. Both aircraft are so vastly different, in every respect – and it isn’t even the correct nationality.”

The DIT have since taken down the tweet.

A spokesman said: “We wanted to be sure of its provenance following comments made on twitter.

“Both the Red Arrows and DIT are content with the image, however, we think it’s best to repost an image that more closely resembles the Red Arrows aircraft.”

The advertisement marks 48 days until RAF troops are deployed for their 10-week US journey.

The RAF Red Arrows will join American and Canadian teams in a trans-atlantic trip to the US and Canada as part of the “Western Hawk 19” – a programme of shows and events across 18 major cities in the region.

Speaking about the tour, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said: “The Red Arrows are an iconic symbol of what makes Britain great. By sharing the experience, skill and spirit brought by their air and ground crews, we will once again demonstrate why the special relationship between our nations continues to endure.”

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “The United Kingdom shares a longstanding and special defence relationship with both Canada and the US. Sending our world-famous RAF Red Arrows to demonstrate the best of British offers a clear indication of the UK’s global ambitions and will provide a unique opportunity to deepen our partnerships with two of our closest allies.”

The trip is will begin on August 5 and will troops will return back to their base at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire on October 15.

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