Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon jets launched from Leuchars Station to intercept two Russian Bear F aircraft off the Scottish coast, say the Ministry of Defence.
The Russian aircraft were identified as a TU-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
The MoD say that this scramble was caused by the Russian aircraft entering the UK Flight Information Region, the UK’s controlled zone of international airspace. Monitoring this zone ensures the safe passage for all other aircraft, including civilian transatlantic airliners that are under UK civilian air traffic control.
One of the pilots flying said:
“It’s been another successful team effort from all concerned. Personnel from RAF Brize Norton, Swanwick and Boulmer all contributing to our mission. This is a very evocative moment to scramble as it is nearly 80 years on from the 15 September, Battle of Britain Day, the day that now marks the end of the critical phase of the battle in 1940. Air defence now is as critical as it was then.”
The Typhoons were supported by a Voyager tanker operating from RAF Mildenhall as the runway at Brize Norton is also currently having essential maintenance work being carried out.
For more on why the RAF intercept aircraft, you can read this piece.