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UK scramble jets to track Russian anti-submarine aircrafts flying over North Sea skirting UK airspace

United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) intercepted two Russian anti-submarine aircrafts over the North Sea skirting the edge of UK airspace.

RAF scrambled Typhoon jets to track down the Russian Tu-142 Bear F aircraft.

Often, Russian military aircraft switch off electronic equipment which allows passenger jets and air traffic controllers to see them, causing major disruption to international airspace.




The Typhoons were part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Force which is on standby 24×7.

An RAF Voyager based at Brize Norton was also scrambled to provide fuel for the two fast jets as they shadowed the pair of Russian maritime aircraft.

The RAF aircraft were also supported by other NATO aircraft.



The UK Ministry of Defence in a statement said: “Russian military aircraft operating within the UK Flight Information Region, in this busy airspace over the North Sea, can act as a hazard to other air users.”

“Often these aircraft do not squawk, which involves transmitting a code to identify the aircraft’s intentions, position, and altitude.”

“They rarely talk to UK air traffic controllers, causing other civilian airliners in the area to be re-routed to prevent aircraft from flying too close.”

The Voyager aircraft remained in the area to allow the Typhoons to remain on their targets for longer and be in position to intercept any other Russian aircraft that may have arrived in support.