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.