Fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers off the south coast

Typhoon fighter jets. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF
Typhoon fighter jets. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF
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FIGHTER jets were yesterday scrambled to intercept two Russians bombers as they flew off the south coast.

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Typhoon jets were sent from two RAF bases and flew alongside the long-range Russian Bear aircraft until they had passed out of the region.

The Russian TU-95 Bear aircraft are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

It is understood the bombers deviated from their usual flight path, alerting the British, and the quick reaction alert (QRA) jets were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth, in Scotland, and RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire.

The fighters flew close to the Russian planes – roughly 1,000ft away – and were able to signal to the pilots.

A defence ministry spokesman said: ‘Typhoons were launched after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.

‘The Russian planes were escorted until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did they cross into UK airspace.’