Two RAF Typhoons are scrambled to intercept pair of nuclear-capable Russian Blackjack bombers heading towards UK airspace
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Two RAF Typhoons have been scrambled this afternoon to intercept two Russian bombers heading towards UK airspace.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack aircraft have been spotted heading towards Britain with Typhoons sent out in response.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed that the Russian jets are currently in the UK’s area of interest, but have not yet entered UK airspace.
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Two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers have been spotted approaching UK airspace (file picture)
A map showing the flight path of the Typhoons to intercept the Blackjack bombers this afternoon
The Typhoons, which were dispatched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, are currently escorting the bombers south across the North Sea.
They are part of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert. The UK’s airspace covers a 12-mile radius out from the UK coastline.
It is believed the aircraft are with the Long Range Aviation branch of the Russian military, which are involved in strategic bombing missions and carry nuclear weapons. They have never penetrated UK airspace.