Posted on April 1, 2019
RAF Typhoon fighter jets have scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace.
An RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton joined the Typhoons which are the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft.
The Russian Blackjacks travelled through a variety of international airspace before they were intercepted over the North Sea, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said.
They added the Typhoons escorted the Russian aircraft from the UK’s area of interest, ensuring they did not enter UK sovereign airspace.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson praised the RAF pilots saying they “are ready to respond to any threat to the UK”.
He added that alongside NATO allies, the UK “must remain vigilant and aware of Russian military activity”.
The MOD added it was the second time the RAF took to the air this week to investigate Russian activity.
However, they said the incident on Wednesday did not require Typhoons to intercept.