Fighters were scrambled from RAF to escort the Russian planes, The UK mixed Typhoon planes to catch two Russian aircraft close British airspace, it has been uncovered.
The Ministry of Defense said the contenders were mixed from RAF Lossiemouth on Thursday night to escort the Russian planes.
Fighters were scrambled from RAF to escort the Russian planes
“RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon contender flying machine were propelled overnight from RAF Lossiemouth on a NATO air policing mission after unidentified air ship were identified flying over the Atlantic in International Airspace,” a RAF representative said.
“The flying machine were distinguished as Russian Tu-160 Blackjack airplane which were escorted by the RAF until they were clear of the UK territory of hobby.
“At no time did the Russian military air ship cross into UK sovereign airspace.”
It is the most recent in a progression of episodes including Russian planes close UK airspace.
In January, Britain summoned Russia’s diplomat after RAF Typhoons were mixed when two Russian planes flew over the English Channel.
A Foreign Office representative said the episode was a piece of an “expanding example of out of range operations by Russian air ship”.
NATO as of late depicted a “strange” increment in movement from Russian military planes over European airspace.