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RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace

Defence chiefs said the RAF Typhoons from were scrambled after the Russian aircraft “entered the UK’s controlled zone of international airspace”. The Russian planes were identified as TU-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

An MoD spokesman said monitoring the zone ensures the safe passage for all other aircraft, including civilian transatlantic airliners that are under UK civilian air traffic control.

The Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons are currently based at former RAF Leuchars.

This is now the British Army’s Leuchars Station, the home of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

These Typhoon Force units are responsible for QRA coverage across the northern sections of the UK and have been given an increasingly important role providing defensive cover for the RAF’s new P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Between them, the Typhoon and Poseidon are expected to provide a defensive shield for Britain’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent and two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

For QRA work, two Typhoons are held at high readiness around the clock, ready to scramble to meet any unidentified aircraft approaching from the north, over the North Atlantic and the North Sea.

Further jets are kept at a lower state of readiness, available to respond to any potential escalation.

The mid-air alert comes just a week after it emerged British fighter jets based in Cyprus as part of a mission to counter ISIS in Syria and Iraq have instead been flying in the Black Sea region amid soaring tensions with Russia.

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A military source told Sky News Typhoons, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker aircraft, were deployed during Russian military exercise in the region

The source said they were operating with a number of US B52 bombers, which flew from an airbase in the UK where they are stationed.

Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed

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