British planes scramble to intercept suspected Russian jets
British jets were scrambled to investigate suspected Russian fighter aircraft flying near United Kingdom airspace on Wednesday.
“Typhoon fighters ... were scrambled today as a precautionary measure
against a potential incursion into UK area of interest by one or more
unidentified aircraft,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said.
“At no time was there a threat to UK airspace ..,” he added.
routinely monitors Russian warplanes near UK airspace and Royal Air
Force (RAF) fighters intercepted jets flying over the North Sea last
Britain’s Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark
Lancaster, spoke about “an ever more assertive Russia” in a speech in
London in July.
He said the RAF has had to scramble jets more than 80 times over the last decade to intercept Russian military aircraft.
Source: LONDON (Reuters) - October 31, 2018
(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison)
Photo: Russian IL76 Candid aircraft being intercepted by an RAF Typhoon fighter jet. (Photo by RAF/MoD/PA Wire)
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