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RAF typhoon rays are jumbled to intercept Russian TU-95 & # 39; Bear & # 39; bombers approaching British airspace

RAF typhoon rays are jumbled to intercept Russian TU-95 & # 39; Bear & # 39; bombers approaching British airspace

  • The RAF has since returned the escort to Finland and Sweden
  • It is assumed that the Russian planes were not on a designated flight route
  • It follows a series of incidents with Russian aircraft

Typhoon fighter jets were jumbled twice in one day in response to Russian & # 39; Bear & # 39; bombers, one & # 39; British airspace was approaching & # 39 ;.

The Defense Ministry said the jets were scaled up from two locations on Thursday in two separate incidents of Russian bombers approaching the international airspace of NATO countries.

The MoD said a RAF rapid response alarm (QRA) clambering Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth, with an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, to track two Russian Bear maritime patrol aircraft approaching British airspace.

RAF Typhoon flies next to the Russian Bear maritime plane when it approaches British airspace

RAF Typhoon flies next to the Russian Bear maritime plane when it approaches British airspace

It said: & # 39; Our hunters escorted them from the UK's area of ​​interest and made sure that neither of them entered the sovereign airspace in the UK. Interception and monitoring has been completed throughout the international airspace and carried out in a safe and professional manner. & # 39;

The MoD said that Russian aircraft & # 39; often try to test Nato & # 39; s level of readiness & # 39; and & # 39; perform intelligence gathering missions & # 39 ;.

The RAF pilots came close enough to take this photo of the Russian long-haul plane

The RAF pilots came close enough to take this photo of the Russian long-haul plane

The RAF pilots came close enough to take this photo of the Russian long-haul plane

The first British pilot said: & # 39; Protection of NATO and British airspace is what the RAF is for & # 39;

The first British pilot said: & # 39; Protection of NATO and British airspace is what the RAF is for & # 39;

The first British pilot said: & # 39; Protection of NATO and British airspace is what the RAF is for & # 39;

The leading Typhoon RAF pilot who intercepted the Russian aircraft said: & # 39; Protecting NATO and British airspace is what the RAF is for, so today's mission gave us the opportunity to demonstrate that we will always check our area of ​​interest and also how well the Typhoon Force has trained to handle such events. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Typhoons deployed on Nato Baltic Air Policing also climbed from Amari Air Base to intercept a Russian bomber and two Flankerjagers who were close to Estonian airspace & # 39; flew.

A Typhoon pilot on duty when the scramble was mentioned said: & # 39; We were startled to intercept a Russian TU-142 Fs aircraft that was heading west near Estonian airspace.

& # 39; We then handed over the escort to our Finnish and Swedish partners, while the aircraft continued west. Then we had the TU-142 Fs & # 39; Bear & # 39; re-intercept and accompany, which has since been accompanied by two SU-30 & # 39; Flanker & # 39 ;.

& # 39; These Russian planes that crossed the Baltic region did not have a recognized flight plan or communicated with air traffic control. The interception went smoothly and was carried out in a professional manner. & # 39;

There has been a recent wave of such incidents near the Baltic states.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Every day, certain states are determined to press international standards and test the determination of the UK.

& # 39; The threats to the international rule-based system are on many fronts. The RAF is well equipped to keep sentry alongside our allies on the borders of the UK and Europe. I am grateful that they are available 24/7 to uphold the UK's commitment to our security. & # 39;

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