RAF Typhoons Intercept Russian Cold War Era Planes Flying Near British Airspace | UK News
Armed RAF fighter jets have been dispatched to intercept Russian “Cold War era” military planes flying near British airspace, the Air Force said.
The rapid reaction warning typhoons were launched from RAF Lossiemouth in northern Scotland after Russian planes were detected over the North Sea.
They intercepted a pair of TU-142 “Bear-F” maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare planes – described by the RAF as “the era of the Cold War.”
The planes were tracked by NATO as they transited the military alliance air police northern area.
In a statement, an RAF Lossiemouth Typhoon pilot said: “We have worked closely with units of the Royal Air Force to achieve another successful interception, maintaining the integrity of UK airspace. United and NATO.
“We were first kept informed by our NATO colleagues and then routed directly to the Bears through the RAF Control and Reporting Center.
“Air-to-air refueling from an RAF Voyager kept us on task until the end of the mission and the aircraft left the UK area of interest.”
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Russian military planes entering the controlled area of UK international airspace may pose a danger to other users, the RAF added.
Russian planes, he said, often don’t talk to air traffic control, or “squawk” – broadcasting a code to ensure they are visible to other air users and ground controllers.