Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth have been scrambled to monitor Russian long-range aircraft flying in international airspace north of Scotland, say the Royal Air Force.
“On this occasion, the Russian aircraft however turned away as they approached the UK Flight Information Region (FIR), north of the Scottish coast and as such no interception was needed. To support the Typhoons, a Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton was also launched to conduct Air to Air Refuelling. This is standard procedure and allows the Typhoons to extend their time in the air.”
The Voyager allocated to this task, was the recently returned to service VIP configured aircraft. This Voyager has now re-joined the rotation of tanker aircraft that are held on standby to support the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert mission.
Air Vice Marshal Duguid, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group said:
“The interception by RAF Typhoons of Russian military aircraft in the UK FIR demonstrates our continuing resolve to police, protect and defend our airspace 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
The Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey MP said:
“Once again our RAF personnel have demonstrated their exceptional abilities to protect our skies, responding to provocation without hesitation. The dangerous flying of Russian aircraft towards our air space is a clear reminder of the threats that we face as a nation on a daily basis.”