BREAKING: RAF Typhoon scrambled as Russian nuclear bombers fly over Black Sea

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

AN RAF fighter jet has been scrambled to intercept Russia nuclear bombers flying over the Black Sea.

Tue, Jul 25, 2017

An RAF Typhoon, based in Romania, has been launched as Russian strategic bombers were spotted were flying south near NATO airspace.

The Tupolevs – the first supersonic bomber to enter production in the Soviet Union – were tracked by the British plane as they flew south but the jets did not come within visual range of each other.

Earlier on Tuesday, NATO’s Air Surveillance and Control System had picked up tracks from aircraft not belonging to members of the alliance – which have now emerged as those of the Russian jets.

The NATO Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Torrejon, Spain, ordered an RAF Typhoon jet to scramble and shadow the Russian jets.

Wing Commander Lewis Cunningham, Officer Commanding 3(F) Squadron said: “It worked as we would have expected it to.

“We took down the details, ran to the aircraft and I took off within the prescribed timeline.

“It’s satisfying. We spotted that there was something happening and then very quickly the phone call came and we were running out of the door.”

Wing Commander Andrew Coe, Commanding Officer of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing based in Romania said: “This was a routine operation and is no different to what NATO aircraft do in other areas on a regular basis.

“The RAF have a long tradition and experience of conducting such activities in the UK and it is a normal peacetime activity to monitor flights in airspace of interest.”

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