Russian fighter jet is used in poster to promote Britain's iconic RAF Red Arrows in 'embarrassing' government blunder

The Department for International Trade used picture of a Russian fighter jet to promote the RAF Red Arrows

They showed silhouette of a much larger Sukhoi Su-30/33 fighter in a tweet instead of a BAE Hawk T1 jet

It is part of a campaign to drum up interest in Red Arrows tour of US which is largest overseas trip in 25 years


Government officials have made an 'embarrassing blunder' by using an image of a Russian fighter jet on a poster promoting the RAF's famous Red Arrows.

The Department for International Trade has been building excitement about the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team's upcoming visit to the US on Twitter.

But in a post detailing how the BAE Hawk T1 jets can fly at 48,000ft, the department used an outline of a Russian Sukhoi Su-30/33 fighter.

Several military aviation experts were quick to point the mistake out and the DIT later deleted the tweet.


The Department for International Trade has been criticised for using the silhouette of a Russian fighter jet in a tweet promoting an upcoming tour of the US by the RAF's Red Arrows, pictured

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