LONDON – The Royal Air Force scrambled its Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft out of RAF Lossiemouth after four Russian Bears entered the UK’s “area of interest” earlier today.
It is understood that the Typhoons were escorting two TU-95 Bear H and two TU-142 Bear F aircraft, with the RAF’s Voyager refueling aircraft joining them during this process.
Via a statement, the RAF said the following:
“The Russian aircraft types were two Tu-95 Bear H and two Tu-142 Bear F”.
“Our Typhoon fighters escorted the Russian aircraft out of the UK’s area of interest. At no time did the Russian bombers enter UK sovereign airspace.”
This is typically a normal thing that happens many times per year between the RAF and the Russian forces, but in the height of tensions within Ukraine, it comes as no surprise that these Russian aircraft continue to get close to UK airspace again.
The last occurrence of this was back in November 2021 when Russian TU-160 Blackjack bombers were within the vicinity again.