RAF Hurricanes intercept Russian military aircraft north of Scotland

RAF Hurricanes intercept Russian military aircraft north of Scotland

RAF Typhoon fighter jets scrambled from Lossiemouth to intercept a Russian military aircraft operating near UK airspace on Sunday (30/04).

It was a Tu-142 maritime patrol aircraft, known by its NATO codename Bear-F. The Tu-142 approached from the northeast and flew into international airspace over the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. In no time have Russian aircraft entered UK sovereign airspace, and Norwegian F-35A fighters have been flown as part of NATO’s response to Russian aircraft surveillance.

“The intercept demonstrated the close working relationships we enjoy with our NATO colleagues. After scrambling to intercept the Russian aircraft, we remained in close contact with the RAF Battlefield Directors, who directed us to the aircraft and relayed orders, ensuring we confirmed where they were and what they were doing in All times, said an RAF Typhoon pilot.

Additional air resupply support was provided by a Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, together with command and control from the National Air and Space Operations Center at RAF High Wycombe and the Air Observation and Control System from RAF High Wycombe.

A Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Hurricanes are launched to intercept unidentified aircraft flying in the UK area of ​​interest. QRA’s measures include keeping RAF aircraft and crew on a 24/7 alert so they can take off in minutes to protect UK sovereign airspace should the need arise.

Tu-142 aircraft are used for reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. Four similar Russian aircraft were intercepted in February last year as tensions rose between the Kremlin and Kiev.

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