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Typhoon jets scrambled to deal with ‘incident’ over the Channel

Typhoon jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby yesterday to deal with an ‘incident’ over the English Channel.
Multiple reports suggest that the jets were sent to deal with a French aircraft over the Channel.The flight monitoring website said AirLive said: “The two Typhons were scrambled from RAF Coningsby airbase to intercept a French aircraft over the Channel.”

An RAF spokesman said:

“RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft monitor aircraft as they approach the UK area of interest.”

The UK’s Quick Reaction Alert team, which are ready to take off within minutes at any time, have also been sent up in recent months to intercept Russian bombers probing British airspace.

A twitter feed that monitors military radar posted: “Typhoons scrambled from Coningsby to intercept an aircraft with loss of communication with ATC.”

However, some outlets are reporting that the Ministry of Defence has since confirmed the jets were part of an exercise organised with the French and were not sent out in response to any emergency.

An MoD spokesman was quoted as saying:

“The RAF can confirm that Typhoon fighters from RAF Coningsby participated in an air defence exercise today alongside French Air Force assets; this was a long-standing, pre-planned exercise.

We do such exercises on a regular basis in order to ensure our procedures are as efficient and effective as possible.”

We have reached out to the MoD for confirmation.


George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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4 years ago

If they had to have Fighter Beauty contest Typhoon would win hands down. One very sexy aircraft!!

4 years ago
Reply to  geoff

Typhoon is the pretty, elegant wife but the F-22 is the dirty mistress 🙂

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