RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace | UK | News (Reports)

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Defence chiefs said the RAF Typhoons from were scrambled after the Russian aircraft “entered the UK’s controlled zone of international airspace”. The Russian planes were identified as TU-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

An MoD spokesman said monitoring the zone ensures the safe passage for all other aircraft, including civilian transatlantic airliners that are under UK civilian air traffic control.

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The Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons are currently based at former RAF Leuchars.

This is now the British Army’s Leuchars Station, the home of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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