Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby were scrambled today to intercept Russian bombers as they entered the UK’s area of interest.
What is the difference between the UK area of interest and UK sovereign airspace?
Sovereign airspace is that airspace above the territory of a nation and the area of interest includes international airspace for which a country is responsible in some way, such as provision of air traffic control services.
The RAF routinely identify, intercept and escort Russian aircraft that transit international airspace within proximity to the UK’s area of interest.
The Typhoons were supported by Voyager tankers from RAF Brize Norton, Weapons Controllers from RAF Boulmer and Air Traffic Controllers from RAF Swanwick.
“At no point did these aircraft enter UK sovereign airspace. The Russian aircraft were shadowed by our Typhoons, along with QRA aircraft from our NATO partners in Norway and France.”
An RAF spokesperson said:
“This was a routine response to Russian aircraft approaching UK air space and was coordinated with several other NATO allies.”