RAF: 1 ISR Wing Detachment making an impact in the Middle East

Source: Royal Air Force (RAF)

Intelligence Analysts from 1 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing have been deployed continually to Cyprus for the last ten years in support of operations in the Middle East.


Based at RAF Akrotiri, 1 ISR Wing Detachment known as ‘Aki Det’, is currently made up of 5 RAF personnel and a Royal Marine who are responsible for analysing and declassifying imagery captured during a series of air strikes against Houthi infrastructure in Yemen.




The imagery specialists first assess footage and images to confirm targeting objectives were met, before removing classified information so that analysed images can be published.

The key role of the Detachment is to provide an accurate understanding of the operational environment through a procedure known as ‘PED’: Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination. This process is undertaken using footage that can come from a variety of sources, including the pods that are mounted on RAF Typhoon jets during sorties.



The Detachment use this imagery to conduct Phase 1 Battle Damage Assessment (BDA), which assesses the extent of physical damage following strikes on targets in order to determine whether the operational intent of the strikes has been met. The imagery is then also used for training and other intelligence tasks received from both UK Armed Forces and coalition partners.

1 ISR Wing Detachment currently serve as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) and routinely provide intelligence on the Middle Eastern battlespace that enables informed decision-making at Commander level.



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