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RAF jets scrambled as Russian bombers fly over North Sea

The MoD said the incident happened off the east coast of the UK on Wednesday.

A picture taken from an RAF Typhoon aircraft of two Russian Blackjack Tupolev Tu-160 long range bombers, seen here in the distance (MoD/PA)
A picture taken from an RAF Typhoon aircraft of two Russian Blackjack Tupolev Tu-160 long range bombers, seen here in the distance (MoD/PA)

RAF jets were scrambled after Russian bombers flew over the North Sea, the MoD has said.

The Typhoon aircraft were sent out from RAF Lossiemouth on Wednesday after the Blackjack aircraft flew over Norway and off the east coast of the UK before leaving.

They did not enter UK territorial airspace.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that RAF quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest.

“At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial airspace.”

The incident took place as Nato forces are in Scotland for a training exercise called Exercise Joint Warrior.

RAF jets were also scrambled on Friday, when they intercepted two Russian Blackjacks over the North Sea.

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The two Russian Blackjack Tupolev Tu-160 long range bombers pictured from the RAF Typhoon (MoD/PA)

They were escorted from the UK’s area of interest and did not enter its sovereign airspace.

Fighters were also called out on Wednesday March 27 but did not intercept the Russian aircraft.

A spokesman said Russian activity had increased in the Baltic region and that may have had an impact on the UK.

In 2018, there were six such incidents requiring the assistance of the RAF, in 2017 there were three and in 2016 there were five.

There have already been at least three incidents in 2019.

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