RAF jets intercept Russian bombers heading to UK – BBC News

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RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers heading towards UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The jets were dispatched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Wednesday afternoon following the security alert.

A spokesman said two Russian Blackjacks were escorted in an “area of interest” but did not enter UK airspace.

Russian military planes have been intercepted near the UK at least six times in the past 12 months.

In November a similar incident saw two Russian bombers escorted by Typhoon jets after being detected flying over the Atlantic.

The RAF said such incidents were not uncommon and fighter jets were dispatched on a “quick reaction alert”.

Andrew Brookes, a fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and former RAF pilot, said there was no reason why the planes should enter UK airspace and the incidents were signs of “Russia flexing its muscles”.

“They are not trying to provoke a war,” he said. “It isn’t a Cold War… they are just using these tactics to poke us in the chest.”

RAF jets intercept Russian bombers heading to UK – BBC News