RAF Typhoons intercept two Russian Tu-160 bombers nearing UK airspace

LONDON: Combat aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Wednesday afternoon were scrambled after reports Russian bombers were heading towards the United Kingdom (UK) airspace.

The Typhoon jets were dispatched from RAF Conings by in Lincolnshire following the security alert, The Telegraph reported.

An RAF spokesman said the situation was “on-going” and was not uncommon.

He said: “We have Typhoons upon a quick reaction alert. The situation is on-going.”

It is believed the aircraft are with the Long Range Aviation branch of the Russian military. They have never penetrated UK airspace.

Typhoon jets can be deployed in a range of operations, including combat. More recently, Typhoons have been involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Syria, with jets dispatched from the British military base of RAF Akrotiri.


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