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RAF Typhoons intercept Russian bombers over North Sea

Sky News logo Sky News 29/03/2019 Sharon Marris, news reporter

a airplane that is flying in the sky: One of the Russian bombers seen from RAF aircraft. Pic: MOD © Other One of the Russian bombers seen from RAF aircraft. Pic: MOD Royal Air Force fighter jets were scrambled from northern Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers on Friday afternoon, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The Typhoons were sent from RAF Lossiemouth at around midday, along with the RAF's air-to-air refuelling tanker the Voyager, which is based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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According to the Ministry of Defence, the RAF and NATO partners had monitored the Russian Tu-160 Blackjack supersonic bombers as they passed through a "variety of international airspace".

Two Russian bombers were seen approaching UK airspace. Pic: MOD © Other Two Russian bombers were seen approaching UK airspace. Pic: MOD The RAF fighters intercepted them over the North Sea and "escorted them from the UK's area of interest and ensured that they did not enter UK sovereign airspace", the MOD said.

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It is not the first time that RAF aircraft have been sent to investigate the presence of Russian military planes.

But Friday's incident was the second time this week, with the most recent instance on Wednesday evening.

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On that occasion, however, Typhoons were not required to intercept the Russian aircraft.

The MOD said: "The RAF routinely identify, intercept and escort Russian aircraft that transit international airspace within proximity to the UK's area of interest and continue to be on call every day."

a fighter jet flying through a blue sky: A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jet. File pic © Getty A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jet. File pic

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Our brave RAF pilots have shown again that we are ready to respond to any threat to the UK.

"Alongside our NATO allies, we must remain vigilant and aware of Russian military activity."

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