RAF Typhoon jets took off from Lossiemouth in Moray on Wednesday, after two Russian bombers approached the UK.

A Voyager refuelling aircraft from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire was also sent to support the two jets. Once the jets left their base in Scotland, the Russian planes turned away.

This is a relatively routine occurrence.

An RAF spokesman said:

“RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth launched to monitor two Russian military aircraft as they approached the UK area of interest, however, the aircraft turned away and no intercept took place.”

In May, two Typhoons were scrambled when two Russian aircraft entered the UK’s area of interest. In October last year, jets from four European countries, including the UK, intercepted Russian aircraft between Norway and Spain.

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 area of interest. 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’.

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Mr Bell
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Mr Bell

Routine RAF business. However the question is do we test the Russians response times and capabilities? Maybe we should then they would be crying foul.
simple process fly towards but do not infringe upon their airspace. As soon as Russian jets move to intercept turn away.

Paul.P
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Paul.P

With our long range bombers?

Julian
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Julian

🙂

Rover10
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Rover10

Pulling our tails a bit.

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

Don’t worry once corbyn is PM we will let them fly straight over the UK.

Viva el comandante

Evan P
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Evan P

You don’t half spout rubbish sometimes don’t you?

KieranC
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KieranC

At least he has acknowledged the inevitable

Big JC as our next PM ?

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

Jezza said he would be PM within 6 months back in June.

He is either a fool or a liar or both. My money is on the latter.

KieranC
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KieranC

More #fakenews

Evan P
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Evan P

Yep, and Nigel Farage is a wise and philosophical gentleman…

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

Jezza says we will seek to resolve potential conflicts through political action rather than relying on military force.

So no need for a UK defence force.

Jezza says article 5 of the Nato treaty outlined a duty to support another nation under threat that doesn’t necessarily mean sending troops. It means diplomatic, it means economic, it means sanctions, it means a whole range of things.

So no need for a UK defence force.

Please keep up with Jezzas latest defence policy.

KieranC
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KieranC

#fakenews

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

So the guardian is fake news.

The facsist left hates the truth

KieranC
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KieranC

“So no need for a UK defence force.”

Send me the link to that then.

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

You are confused yet again, jezza says no need for military force just use diplomacy.

Jessa says no need need for military force in defence of a NATO ally just use diplomacy.

Well if we are not going to use military then why do we need a UK defence force?

The only conclusion we can see from his comments is that no UK defence forces are required. Jezza has long praised the Costa Rican model, no military just a lightly armed national guard.

Jezza wants more defence cuts.

I bet your still confused, sometimes the light of truth has that effect on the weak minded

KieranC
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KieranC

No Mike it’s you that’s weak minded, you have constistently shown on here that you have not got the stomach or knowledge for a proper debate. When you get presented with facts you move onto the next article or make a generalising comment without referring to anyone’s points and then move on. http://www.forces.net/news/corbyn-military-needs-more-ships-aircraft-funding-personnel There is a quote saying he wants more personal, more ships for the Navy and more aircraft for the RAF. It shows how little you know about politics, wether it be JC or anyone else, a proper left wing leader would never, ever advocate the loss of… Read more »

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

Don’t throw throw your toys out the pram, all my facts were sourced from the Guardian.

I know the truth hurts and when faced with the truth, it’s becomes a grey area or its taken out of context and so on.

Corbyn has made a statement saying more ships more aircraft, but what ships? More t26 frigates, more assault ships, but what aircraft more F35, more typhoons, more hunter killer drone?

Hollow promises, just like his promise to deal with student debt.

By the way I’m not your mate.

KieranC
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KieranC

“By the way I’m not your mate.”

Keep your panties on pal calm down.

“All my facts were sourced from the guardian” ?

You haven’t given any facts you have given us barely a quote and your opinion you fool.

“I know the truth hurts and when faced with the truth” ?

Mike, how do you suggest the leader of the opposition should deal with student debt, what can he do?

Wow, talk about falling for a failed Tory/media smear.

You need to get out more mate.

Evan P
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Evan P

No no Kieran, he isn’t your mate 😉 Do you really expect JC to specify what ships, aircraft and equipment he is on about? Hardly anybody would have a clue what they were anyway. Is a T26 an AsuW frigate or a bloody fishing boat? Most people won’t know. He is simply showing that he would like a larger British military. Simples.

dave12
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dave12

Yes russias long range bombers with 1950s tech really keeps me up at night lol!

B Grimes
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B Grimes

Dave maybe look at the Russian blackjack bomber Mach 2+ 7600 miles ferry range cruise missle capable !

Jonny
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Jonny

Nuke ’em!

Mike Saul
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Mike Saul

Corbyn: ‘Fight all the cuts, except those in the armed forces, where we want to see a few more cuts taking place and no more nuclear weapons’2010

Corbyn ‘Close down Nato’ 2014

Corbyn ‘I am against the replacement of Trident’ 2015

Corbyn I’ve been involved in opposing anti-terror legislation ever since I first went into parliament in 1983’ 2011

The evidence is pretty damning what will happen to our military capability, if jezza becomes PM.

KieranC
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KieranC

The government were actually making the cuts, that comment is from when we were in recession, he was trying to stop more cuts to public services. You highlighting a backbenchers comments over the the government savage cuts in 2010 at the same time shows how stupid you are, once again no context offered. Do you think Jeremy Corbyn is the only politician to ever question NATO? shows how little you know once again. Yes he is against trident no argument there, although that’s really been settled for the next half a century hasn’t it so I’m not sure why it’s… Read more »

John Clark
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John Clark

Mike and Kieran, can’t you agree that all politicians are dreadful self serving individuals?

In the context of this forum they have both badly let down this nations defence over the last 50 years. Poor financial decisions under Labour and savage cuts under the Tories.

I don’t trust any of them, a professional politician will happily stab anyone in the back to get to the top… They are only interested in their own personal agenda, neither side give a toss about Defence matters.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

NATO has always sent its own SIGINT aircraft and RN and USN submarines around the periphery of the then USSR and now Russia so whats the problem?
When Russia starts sending aircraft directly over our territory like the Americans did with Gary Powers then their a problem.
Western Hypocrisy alive and well.

Scott
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Scott

I honestly don’t think if one of these bombers continued to fly into UK airspace and over UK land whether or not the military or Government would actually have the balls to order the Typhoons to take them down.

What does everyone else think?

Aaron
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Aaron

It could be argued that when Britain launches a Typhoon patrol on the Estonian border that Russia would see this as an “area of interest” and scramble their QRF in response? I’m not quite sure where this line is on a UK map? Territorial waters I think are 6 miles from shore 22 miles from shore and halfway between the UK and the next country, eg Norway, depending on which bit of coast we are looking at. In the Air I imagine this in regards to NATO space could be somewhere beyond Norway or even further? A map would really… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

Yes Aaron the UKADR is extensive and runs far to the north of the mainland. Russian aircraft are spotted way before they reach the RAF’s area of responsibility.

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