The Ministry of Defence declined an offer of a weapon that could "shoot down UFOs", newly released files reveal.
One suggestion was sent to the MoD by a "UFO researcher" who wrote:
I have a suggestion for a new weapon which could and will bring down a potential extraterrestrial UFO."
If you would care to know more about my suggestion for a weapon which could and will take down a UFO craft, then I would like to speak personally with someone such as a general or high ranking official within the Royal Air Force, immediatley (sic). It is your choice. Trust me, have faith.
In a response, an MoD official politely declined the offer, writing:
The UK has a comprehensive suite of capabilities that provide its air superiority, both here at home in the UK and also on expeditionary operations.
Any threat would, of course, be handled in the light of the particular circumstances at the time, however, rest assured that we have at our disposal a range of capabilities that we are confident can neutralise even the most demanding of targets.
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