The RAF Typhoons had been scrambled to the North Sea (Image: MoD/Crown copyright 2018)
Two RAF fighter jets had been scrambled to intercept Russian navy plane flying over the North Sea.
The Typhoons had been launched from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Saturday morning after two Russian Tu-142 Bear F planes had been detected close to UK airspace.
The RAF stated the Russian plane are used for anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol, and it’s ‘important’ their actions are ‘fastidiously monitored’ when working so near the UK.
Russian navy plane flying inside ‘the UK Flight Data Area’ could be a ‘hazard’ within the busy airspace over the North Sea, the RAF added in a press release.
Considered one of two Russian Tupolev Tu-142 Bear F plane flying close to UK airspace (Image: PA)
It stated such plane don’t ‘squawk’ by transmitting info on their place and actions to UK air visitors controllers, inflicting civilian planes to be re-routed to stop them flying too shut.
The Typhoons ‘shadowed’ the Russian planes on Saturday to ‘deter this unprofessional exercise and mitigate dangers related to Russian navy plane flying on this busy worldwide airspace’, the RAF stated.
An RAF Voyager plane from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire was additionally deployed to offer air-to-air refuelling for the Typhoons, whereas Nato allies assisted with monitoring the Russian planes via the launch of ‘Fast Response Alert property’.
Controllers from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire coordinated the mission, liaising with Nato companions on the Mixed Air Operations Centre in Uedem, Germany.
An RAF spokesperson stated: ‘The QRA crew did a implausible job, finding plane that weren’t straightforward to detect in a short time.
‘Once more, the RAF has scrambled to defend the pursuits of the UK and Nato. It demonstrates the effectivity and resilience of our personnel, plane and programs.’
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