The RAFs quick reaction alert (QRA) aircraft beamed up to the skies to take on the two Tupolev TU-160 Blackjack Russian bombers as they headed to within less than 50 miles of the UK last month.
Two of the United Kingdom's Eurofighter Typhoons escorted the Russian aircraft away from UK airspace. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated; "at no point" did the Russian bombers enter British sovereign airspace, though are thought to be in a UK area of interest.
A RAF Spokesperson told the Telegraph: "We can confirm that Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers approaching the UK area of interest. The Russian aircraft were initially monitored by a variety of friendly nation fighters and subsequently intercepted by the RAF in the North Sea. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign UK airspace."
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