Freedom of Information

How to report a UFO sighting

The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life.  However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.  

The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings.  There is no Defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources.  Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MOD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence.

Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn.  MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.  The ongoing programme to release Departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.

FOI Publication Scheme Document Details

Author: HQ Air Command
Owner: MOD
Date document created: 31 Dec 08
Date released proactively: 31 Dec 08
Date last updated: 1 Dec 09
Class of Information: Who we are and what we do
Freedom of Information Organisation area: Armed Forces
Charge: Free of charge
Format: Website

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