Russian surveillance planes 'deterred' by RAF jets

A Russian Tupolev Bear aircraft, photographed by the RAF on a previous sortie. Credit: MoD

The RAF jets were scrambled when a request came from UK aviation authorities who had tried to make contact with the Russian 'Bear' aircraft. The jets acted as a "visual deterrent" and flew parallel to them and the Russian Bears flew off

The two Russian aircraft were of a surveillance type and sorties like this are often flown to 'test' response times.

In 2013 - there were 8 recorded incidents of this kind.

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