Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They were turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee.
Crews stationed there are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment’s notice. The incident comes amid heightened international tensions over the situation in Ukraine, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month. It also follows the arrival of a Russian warship, the Vice Admiral Kulakov, in waters off the coast of Britain.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the vessel was met by Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon, which is “keeping an eye” on the ship’s movement.
Sky’s Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said foreign planes often fly close to UK airspace, with eight similar incidents reported in 2013. “The RAF Typhoon is one of Britain’s quick reaction aircraft and would have gone up, made contact with the Russian planes and ensured they did not plan to fly into British airspace,” he said.
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