MoD: 'Prudent measure' to send Typhoon jets to Cyprus

The Ministry of Defence said sending six RAF Typhoon jets to Cyprus was a "prudent and precautionary measure" and they are not being deployed to take part in military action in Syria.

We can confirm that as part of ongoing contingency planning, six RAF Typhoon interceptor fast jets are deploying this morning to Akrotiri in Cyprus.

This is purely a prudent and precautionary measure to ensure the protection of UK interests and the defence of our sovereign base areas at a time of heightened tension in the wider region.

This is a movement of defensive assets operating in an air-to-air role only. They are not deploying to take part in any military action against Syria.

The PM has made clear no decision has been taken on our response and the Government has said that there will be a Commons vote before direct military involvement.

– Ministry of Defence spokesman