UK, Norwegian, and French fighters intercept Russian aircraft over North Sea.

A Russian long-range reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted by Typhoons of the Royal Air Force earlier today as it entered the UK's area of interest. The aircraft were from RAF stations Lossiemouth and Coningsby.


They were supported by a Voyager tanker from RAF Brize Norton, weapons Controllers & Surveillance from RAF Boulmer, and Air Traffic Control from RAF Swanwick. At no time did the Russian aircraft enter UK sovereign airspace.

Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft from NATO partners Norway and France also intercepted the Russian as he made his way west.

The video below shows a Typhoon scramble from RAF Coningsby (2015).

Images: RAF Lossiemouth.

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