RAF Typhoons intercept Russian aircraft near UK airspace

Russian 'Blackjack' aircraft being intercepted on Thursday Credit: Ministry of Defence

Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have intercepted Russian 'Blackjack' aircraft flying in international air space, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Russian 'Blackjack' aircraft photographed on Thursday Credit: Ministry of Defence

RAF fighter aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Thursday to meet two Russian aircraft, a statement said.

The Typhoon pilots visually identified the two Russian aircraft and escorted them whilst in the "UK area of interest".

The RAF pilots escorted the Russian aircraft whilst in the Credit: Ministry of Defence

Squadron Leader Jim Calvert of II(AC) Squadron, who flew one of the RAF Typhoons involved in the mission, said:

Given the Royal Air Force's enduring commitment to secure the UK's skies, yesterday's sortie once again proved Typhoon's capability to successfully scramble and intercept Russian long-range aviation.

Protecting our skies is especially poignant in this 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain.

Working together with ground-based radar and air-to-air refuelling aircraft today's RAF continues to come together as a team to protect our country.

– Squadron Leader Jim Calvert