Apr 23

RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

And So It Begins

Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter.

The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland.

They were turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee.

Crews stationed there are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment’s notice.

The incident comes amid heightened international tensions over the situation in Ukraine, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month.

An RAF Typhoon escorts a Tupolev 95 over the Atlantic in 2007. Pic: MoD

Sky’s Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said foreign planes often fly close to UK airspace, with eight similar incidents reported in 2013.

“The RAF Typhoon is

via RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK.

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