18 documents with potentially sensitive information were listed. However, only 15 had been revealed as of last year, and without fanfare as they denied any appearance of unidentified flying objects.
Recently, the last three were released to be sent to the National Archives and while they do not contain wild stories about little green men or alien invasions, they do show that the British government has taken up the threat of UFOs, which they call “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP), much more seriously than they were willing to admit.
The first revelation present in the new files shows that the Ministry of Defense had two task forces to deal with alleged UFO sightings between the years 1947 and 1997.
While one was public knowledge, as there was a hotline for whistleblowing, the second was secret and staffed only by intelligence officials and experts working to investigate possible extraterrestrial threats.
One apparently serious concern revealed by the dossier was about a hostile government (possibly China or the USSR) that had captured a UFO and was willing to use alien technology to attack the UK. So Britain itself was looking for interplanetary help.
Basically, reports show that British authorities were desperately interested in finding an Extraterrestrial.
As stated in the document written by an Air Force Commander:
“Monitor all reports in case, in the future, underlying phenomena, hitherto unknown/ununderstood, are being exploited by another nation.”
“A real – or potential – enemy could develop a flying device with the characteristics these phenomena appear to have […] high speeds, sudden maneuvers, hovering flight and few radar returns.”
“The RAF should be made aware of new technologies that could be useful to their programs […] Propulsion, stealth and any new electromagnetic technology are of particular interest.”
The Defense Ministry’s UFO unit was shut down in 2000 after an investigation, also declassifed last year, concluded that the reports “do not provide usefully useful information for Defense Intelligence.”