UK fighters scrambled to intercept Russian strategic bombers

The United Kingdom on Monday was forced once again to scramble fighter jets to intercept a pair of Russian strategic bombers approaching UK airspace.

Royal Air Force officials confirmed that Typhoon fighter planes were sent from Lossiemouth base in Scotland on a “quick reaction alert” as two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers approached Britain.

“The Russian aircraft were initially monitored by a variety of friendly nation fighters and subsequently intercepted by the RAF in the North Sea,” the air force said. “At no point did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign U.K. airspace.”

Russian defense ministry officials said the bombers flew a 13-hour training mission that kept them in international airspace over portions of the Barents, Norwegian and North seas.

Encounters between Russian and NATO warplanes have become increasingly frequent as Moscow has demonstrated its resurgent military might.

The Russian navy, especially its submarines, have also been more active in North Atlantic waters near the UK. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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