RAF Jets Scramble After Russian Jets Approached Airspace

RAF fighter jets were scrambled from Scotland and Oxfordshire to intercept Russian military jets that were flying over the North Sea.

RAF fighter jets were scrambled from  Scotland and Oxfordshire to intercept Russian military jets that were flying over the North Sea last Saturday.

The RAF launched two Typhoons  RAF Lossiemouth after two Russian Tu-142 Bear F planes were detected in the UK Flight Information Region and sent two refueling planes to support them.

The RAF said the Bear Fs were used for anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrols and posed a hazard in their airspace due to its communications profile. 

The Tu-142 Bear F planes “do not squawk, which involves transmitting a code to identify the aircraft’s intentions, position, and altitude, or talk to UK air traffic controllers, causing other civilian airliners in the area to be re-routed to prevent aircraft from flying too close.” explained the RAF. 

NATO allies also monitored the Russian planes from the Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany while the Typhoons shadowed the two Russian aircraft before flying back to base early Saturday afternoon.

The same planes were also intercepted last September while two Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks were also spotted last month.


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