Royal Air Force jets intercept Russian bombers

United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) reported on March 29 that RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth, with an RAF Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, to monitor two Russian Blackjacks approaching UK airspace.

RAF photo

Blackjack, Tupolev Tu-160, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber.

RAF said it worked closely with NATO partners to monitor the Russian aircraft as they passed through a variety of international airspace before they were intercepted over the North Sea. 

“Our fighters escorted them from the UK’s area of interest and ensured that they did not enter UK sovereign airspace,” it added.

UK Defence Secretary commended the service. “Our brave RAF pilots have shown again that we are ready to respond to any threat to the UK. Alongside our NATO allies, we must remain vigilant and aware of Russian military activity,” he said.