Royal Air Force Lossiemouth based Typhoon fighters were scrambled to intercept a Russian military aircraft operating near UK airspace on Sunday 30th April.
The Russian aircraft that was intercepted was a Tu-142 Maritime Patrol aircraft, known by the NATO code name as a Bear-F. The Tu-142 approached from the North-East and flew in international airspace over the Norwegian Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK sovereign airspace and Norwegian F-35A fighter aircraft were also launched as part of NATO’s response to monitor the Russian aircraft.
One of the Typhoon pilots that carried out the interception said:
“Today’s scramble demonstrated the close working relationships we have with our NATO colleagues. After scrambling to intercept the Russian aircraft, we were in close contact with RAF Battlespace Managers, who directed us towards the aircraft and relayed orders throughout, ensuring we could confirm where they were and what they were doing at all times.”
Additional air to air refuelling support was provided by a RAF Voyager aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, alongside command and control from the National Air and Space Operations Centre at RAF High Wycombe and the Air Surveillance and Control System at RAF Boulmer.