Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

Two RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian planes approaching United Kingdom airspace this morning.

The Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets to track Russian bombers flying close to British Airspace on Monday as part of an worldwide operation that included Belgian planes.

We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled this morning. Nothing, however, was intercepted, according to some military authorities.

An RAF spokesman said a "variety of friendly nations" initially monitored the Russian aircraft and the Russian aircraft did not enter sovereign United Kingdom airspace.

The Russian Blackjacks got within 30 nautical miles (34.5 miles) of the United Kingdom airspace, according to the ministry.

The operation continues. These are Russian planes, the source said.

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Air traffic monitors showed 1,500mph RAF Typhoons following a British Voyager aircraft off Caithness on the east coast of Scotland this morning.

The fleet then began heading south towards Dundee and Edinburgh just after 10am as the Russian planes headed towards Denmark and the Netherlands.

There has been some Russian military activity near the recent months, forcing the scramble jets and ships.

The RAF regularly scrambles jets to reports of Russian planes flying close to British skies, and has been doing so since the start of the Cold War.

Other details were not provided.

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