RAF Typhoon FGR.4s were once again scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian aircraft on Thursday night. They were launched on a NATO-controlled mission after two unidentified aircraft were detected flying over the Atlantic in international airspace.
Upon intercepting them the RAF pilots identified the aircraft as a pair of Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” strategic bombers. The aircraft were tracked on their route by the RAF fighters and NATO air surveillance assets in the region but at no point did they enter UK or NATO-controlled airspace.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon commented:
Our highly-skilled RAF pilots have once again demonstrated their skill and professionalism. This is another reminder that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they are ready at a moment’s notice to protect our skies.