RAF Typhoon intercept two Russian aircraft near UK airspace

30 November 2020 (Last Updated November 30th, 2020 16:20)

The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted two Russian aircraft near the country’s airspace.

RAF Typhoon intercept two Russian aircraft near UK airspace
Two Russian Tu-142 Bear F aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons. Credit: Royal Air Force / UK Crown copyright.

The British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted two Russian aircraft near the country’s airspace.

The Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, on 28 November.

The fighter jets were joined by RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, which offered air-to-air refuelling for the Typhoons.

Typhoons intercepted the two Russian Tu-142 Bear F aircraft, which are used in anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol roles.

The RAF added that it is imperative that the movement of the aircraft is monitored when it is near UK airspace.

Russian military aircraft near the UK Flight Information Region are said to be a probable threat to other air users.

The area is said to be a busy airspace over the North Sea.

The aircraft did not transmit a code to detect the intentions, position, and altitude of the aircraft nor communicate with UK air traffic controllers.

RAF Typhoons shadowed the two aircraft from Russia and monitored the movements.

Additionally, other Nato allies launched their Quick Reaction Alert assets to aid in the mission.

The mission was coordinated by the RAF Scampton controllers, who worked with Nato partners at the Combined Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany.

RAF spokesperson said: “As always our pilots and their support team did a fantastic job, locating and shadowing the Russia aircraft quickly to ensure our area of responsibility was effectively policed, demonstrating our commitment to defend the UK and Nato.”

Last month, the RAF’s live-armed Typhoon fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near the country’s airspace.