RAF Fighter jets scrambled to stop Russian bombers entering UK airspace

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon  Fighter jets from RAF Lossiemouth were scrambled to stop two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers entering UK airspace

Fighter jets have been scrambled from a Scottish base for the second time in five days to monitor Russian military aircraft flying close to UK airspace.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray responded to the incident off Scotland’s northeast coast.

A Voyager tanker supported the Typhoons in the latest incident.

The tanker was made available for refueling the jets during the operation.

While it was the second incident in days involving RAF Lossiemouth, it was the third in a week for the UK. Crews from RAF RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire responded to an incident last Wednesday.

Russian jets did not enter UK airspace in any of the incidents.

Lossiemouth and Coningsby are the RAF’s quick reaction alert stations tasked with protecting UK airspace.

The RAF has been deployed to stop Russian Blackjack bombers entering UK airspace for the second time in four days.

The two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers flew inside international airspace off the northeastern coast of Scotland before being escorted back northwards again.

The RAF sent two of its Typhoons from its base in Lossiemouth, which were accompanied by a refueling tank from its Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire.

Officials have confirmed that ‘at no point’ did the Russians manage to infiltrate British airspace.

An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest.

“At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace.”

Similar incidents have occurred in the past.

The latest two come as Nato and Australian forces are in Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior.

Warships, aircraft and more than 10,000 personnel are involved in the UK-led military training, which largely takes place in the sea and air around the Highlands and Islands.

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