Russian planes intercepted over the North Sea by RAF planes


RAF fighter jets intercepted Russian military planes over the North Sea near British airspace, the air force said.

The Typhoons Quick Reaction Alert were launched from RAF Lossiemouth in northern Scotland and were joined by an RAF Voyager to provide in-flight refueling.

They intercepted a pair of TU-142 “Bear-F” maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, described by the RAF as the era of the Cold War.

They were tracked by NATO as they transited the military alliance air police northern area.

The Typhoons followed the aircraft throughout their journey as they approached British airspace.

In a statement, an RAF Lossiemouth Typhoon pilot said: “We have worked closely with Royal Air Force units to achieve another successful interception, maintaining the integrity of UK airspace. United and NATO.

“We were first kept informed by our NATO colleagues and then routed directly to the Bears through the RAF Control and Reporting Center.

“Air-to-air refueling from an RAF Voyager kept us on task until the end of the mission and the aircraft left the UK area of ​​interest.”

Russian military planes entering the UK flight information region, the controlled area of ​​UK international airspace, can pose a danger to other air users, the RAF said.

He said Russian planes often do not talk to air traffic control or “squawk” – broadcasting a code ensuring they are visible to other air users and air traffic controllers on the ground.

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