UK jets dispatched to intercept Russian planes near its airspace

Britain’s Ministry of Defense says it dispatched two fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian planes that approached its airspace.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that two Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in north east Scotland on Saturday morning.

The jets were dispatched “as part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert in response to two Russian aircraft entering the UK’s airspace,” said the statement. “Both aircraft have now returned safely to RAF Lossiemouth.”

The air force also scrambled an Airbus Voyager KC3 tanker from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The tanker was tracked heading north before going into a holding pattern off the Aberdeenshire coast.

A view of Royal Air Force base in Scotland

It was not the first time that Britain scrambled its jets to intercept Russian planes which usually pass near UK airspace.

Back in February, British aircraft were sent to monitor two…

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