British planes scramble to intercept suspected Russian jets


British planes scramble to intercept suspected Russian jets
British Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth intercept two Russian Long Range Blackjack bombers and escort them whilst in the UK area of interest. Photograph issued from Lossiemouth, Britain, September 20, 2018. RAF/Ministry of Defence/Handout via REUTERS

British jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying near United Kingdom airspace on Wednesday.

“Typhoon fighters … were scrambled today as a precautionary measure against a potential incursion into UK area of interest by one or more unidentified aircraft,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said.

“At no time was there a threat to UK airspace ..,” he added.

Britain routinely monitors Russian warplanes near UK airspace and Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters intercepted jets flying over the North Sea last month.

Britain’s Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, spoke about “an ever more assertive Russia” in a speech in London in July.

He said the RAF has had to scramble jets more than 80 times over the last decade to intercept Russian military aircraft.

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