Armed RAF fighter jets had been scrambled to intercept Russian “Chilly Warfare period” army plane flying close to UK airspace, the air drive has mentioned.
The Fast Response Alert Typhoons had been launched from RAF Lossiemouth, north Scotland, after the Russian planes had been detected over the North Sea.
They intercepted a pair of TU-142 “Bear-F” Maritime Reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare plane – described by the RAF as “Chilly Warfare period”.
The plane had been tracked by NATO as they transited inside the army alliance’s northern air policing space.
In an announcement, a Hurricane pilot from RAF Lossiemouth mentioned: “We labored intently with items from across the Royal Air Power to ship one other profitable intercept, sustaining the integrity of UK and NATO airspace all through.
“We had been initially stored knowledgeable by our NATO colleagues after which routed on to the Bears by the RAF Management and Reporting Centre.
“Air to air refuelling from an RAF Voyager ensured we had been capable of keep on job till the mission was full, and the plane departed from the UK’s space of curiosity.”
Russian army plane coming into the UK’s managed zone of worldwide airspace can pose a hazard to different customers, the RAF added.
Russian planes, it mentioned, typically don’t discuss to air site visitors management, or “squawk” – broadcasting a code to make sure they’re seen to different air customers and controllers on the bottom.