RAF Typhoon jets have been launched seven times this year to meet Russian aircraft the MoD has revealed, this is a relatively common occurrence.

Typhoon is the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft. RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire looks after the southern UK and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray protects the northern UK.


A QRA response involves the fighter aircraft being scrambled to investigate an infringement of the NATO country’s airspace. This may also be a civilian aircraft that poses a threat, if not sufficiently responding to air traffic control; incidents of this nature in the UK are monitored by the Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Boulmer which builds a ‘3D Recognised Air Picture’.

The Freedom of Information request response can be found here.

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Allan Elder

The Tupolev “Bear” is a very impressive piece of kit!


I’m impressed by the massive contra-rotating props. But to be honest its a relic! and easily blown out of the sky.

Steve Price

Not bad in 12 months

Peter Andreas Smith

It might b impressive but u don’t want to piss off the bloke in the smaller plane lol

Toby Parr

I think usually it would be more often, but since the Russians have been bombing in Syria they have found something better to do!

Neil Griffiths

Wow 7 times !

Daniel-Lee Jones

So nothing to shout about then about the same or maybe a little more then any other year!!

Graham Cochrane

So what’s new?!

John Read-Hammond

Why don’t we test how far away from it can we hit it.


It’s a dangerous balancing act for the RAF. Russia is testing our reaction times, in case it is every needed and by reacting we are giving them the information they need. They have no intention of currently entering our air space, so we could just not react and let them fly past. But if we don’t react, what happens if it is the real thing.

I am assuming that as we are currently at low threat levels from them, we on purpose probably don’t react as fast as we could, to give false data.