RAF Lossiemouth jets prevent Russian bomber coming UK

bear bomberThe Russian flypast nearby UK airspace was a second in 3 days

Jets from RAF Lossiemouth intercepted a Russian Bear bomber as it approached UK airspace on Friday, a Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

The Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft was speckled drifting in general airspace and “escorted by a UK moody information region”.

It was a second flypast by aircraft from Vladimir Putin’s atmosphere force in 3 days.

Two Bear bombers were tracked over a North Sea on Wednesday.

On that occasion, Nato radars picked adult a array of Russian formations intent in “significant troops manoeuvres”, trimming from a Black Sea to a Atlantic Ocean.

Referring to a latest incident, An RAF mouthpiece pronounced a Russian aircraft has been picked adult by a RAF Control and Reporting Centre during Boulmer in Northumberland, that scrambled a Typhoons.

She said: “Following a identical occurrence on Wednesday 29 October, a RAF Typhoon pilots visually identified a Russian aircraft and escorted them by a UK moody information region.”

Wednesday’s occurrence and a other exercises led Nato to advise of an “unusual” spike in Russian troops flights in European airspace.

Heightened tensions

It concerned dual Bears that had creatively been partial of a incomparable arrangement of 8 aircraft – including 4 Il-78 tanker planes – intercepted by Norwegian F-16 fighters in general airspace over a Norwegian Sea.

While 6 of a planes returned behind towards Russia, a dual Bears carried on towards a UK where they were picked adult by Boulmer in Northumberland. The Bears continued on over a Atlantic to a west of Portugal, where they were intercepted by Portuguese Air Force F-16s before branch back.

The Russian moody coincided with identical incidents over a Black Sea and a Baltic where Russian troops formations were intercepted by Turkish fighters and Portuguese jets reserved to a Nato Baltic atmosphere policing mission.

They come opposite a credentials of months of heightened tensions between Moscow and a West following Russia’s cast of Crimea and troops intrusion into Ukraine.

On Wednesday RAF Typhoon fighters were also launched to prevent a municipal aircraft that was causing regard to atmosphere trade control authorities.

The aircraft, a Russian-made Antonov An-26 load airliner from Latvia, was safely escorted to London Stansted after being intercepted by aircraft from RAF Coningsby when communication with it was lost.

It was after authorised to continue the strange tour to Birmingham.

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