UK fighter jets were deployed to intercept two Russian aircraft that had entered a ‘controlled zone’ near the Scottish coast.
The Ministry of Defence said the RAF Typhoons were scrambled after the Russian aircraft breached the UK’s ‘controlled zone of international airspace.’
The Russian planes were identified as TU-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance and an anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
An MoD spokesman said that the zone is monitored to ‘ensure the safe passage for all other aircraft, including civilian transatlantic airliners that are under UK civilian air traffic control.’
The Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons are currently based at former RAF Leuchars. This is now the British Army’s Leuchars Station, the home of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
In July, a Voyager plane, which was rebranded with the Union Jack by Boris Johnson, was sent out along with a team of Typhoons to warn off Russian planes.
On that occasion, the Ministry of Defence said no interception was necessary during the operation and the plane made a return to its base at RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire.
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