Typhoon jets sortied from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace.
The Russian Blackjack long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation, say the Ministry of Defence.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated how vital our Armed Forces are in protecting Britain.”
According to a release received in the last hour, the RAF worked closely with NATO partners to monitor the jets as they passed through a variety of international airspace before they were intercepted by the RAF over the North Sea.
The Ministry of Defence said in a statement:
“Subsequently our fighters escorted the Russian Blackjacks north, out of the UK’s area of interest. At no time did the Russian bombers enter UK sovereign airspace.
RAF QRA was launched today because the Russian Military aircraft were not talking to air traffic agencies. The RAF routinely intercept, identify and escort Russian aircraft that transit international airspace within the UK’s area of interest and continue to be on call; 24/7, 365.”