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The UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons have taken to the skies to patrol Nato airspace in response to the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

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According to an RAF statement, these aircraft took off as part of the pre-planned Enhanced Vigilance Activity, a Nato-led operation aimed to defend allied airspace against potential aggression after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

Operating from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, these Typhoon FGR4 jets are equipped with air-to-air missiles and a defensive suite.

They are patrolling Nato airspace over Poland and Romania.

During the patrolling, the fighter jets are supported by RAF Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft to extend the range and endurance of the patrolling operations.

Air Officer Commanding 11 Group Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson said: “RAF Typhoons working in partnership with our allies are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to Nato.

“We stand ready to defend Europe and the Atlantic region against further aggression. I am incredibly proud of the courage and commitment of our aircrew operating across the region and of all our personnel who are supporting them.”

Eurofighter Typhoon is a fourth-generation multi-role combat aircraft. It has now served the RAF for nearly two decades.

In December last year, Leonardo delivered the first two of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role combat aircraft to the Kuwaiti Air Force.

The two aircraft flew from Italy to Kuwait with a refuelling escort provided by two Italian Air Force KC-767 tankers.