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.
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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