RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers flying near UK airspace
The Typhoons launched on Thursday night and escorted the Tu-160 Blackjacks away from Britain.
Fighter jets based at RAF Lossiemouth have intercepted two Russian bombers flying near UK airspace.
The Typhoons launched on Thursday night and escorted the Tu-160 Blackjacks over the Atlantic away from Britain.
The aircraft did not enter UK airspace, the RAF said.
A spokesman for the Military of Defence confirmed: “RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched overnight from RAF Lossiemouth on a Nato air policing mission after unidentified aircraft were detected flying over the Atlantic in international airspace.
“The aircraft were identified as Russian Tu-160 Blackjack aircraft, which were escorted by the RAF until they were clear of the UK area of interest.
“At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”
It is the latest in a series of similar incidents, including two Russian bombers intercepted near UK airspace in May.
In April, a pair of Russian Bear H bombers were escorted away from Britain by the RAF.
Secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon added: “This is another reminder that 24 hours a day, seven days a week [the RAF] is ready at a moment’s notice to protect our skies.”