RAF scrambles Typhoon jets to intercept two Russian bombers near UK airspace

Friday, November 20, 2015
By Paul Martin

THE RAF scrambled Typhoon fighters from a base in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers near British airspace over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday evening, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Fri, Nov 20, 2015

An MoD spokesperson said: “Typhoon aircraft went up from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept two Russian Tu-160 aircraft flying in Britain’s area of interest in international airspace over the Atlantic and remained with them until they left the area.”

Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased over the last year amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

In January, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain a similar episode when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft.

Yesterday’s scrambling of RAF jets is just the latest in a string of incursions by Vladimir Putin’s airforce into foreign airspace, including a similar incursion in September.

In July, RAF jets were also scrambled to intercept 10 Russian military planes in Baltic airspace.

And again in June, RAF fighter jets were deployed three times in 24 hours to protect NATO military exercises from Russian interception.

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