Breaking News: RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes

RAF jets have been scrambled this morning to intercept Russian planes spotted heading towards UK airspace.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 11:22 am
Updated Monday, 15th January 2018, 11:55 am
The RAF Typhoons were scrambled this morning.

Two Typhoon fighters took off from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland just before 9:30am as QRA - Quick Reaction Alert - to intercept the two Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks.

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An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled this morning, this is a live operation and therefore we will not be providing any additional information until the mission is complete.”

Air traffic monitors showed 1,500mph RAF Typhoons tailing a British Voyager aircraft off Caithness on the east coast of Scotland this morning.