Russian Tu-142 Bear F and Tu-142 Bear-J bombers are believed to have been flying in the area near the Shetland Islands in the North Sea off England when the incident occurred.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth military airfield in Moray, north east Scotland, for the incident. An oil tanker also moves with the squadron for mid-air refueling when required.
British Typhoon fighter – Photo: RAF
James Happy, chief of the British Armed Forces, said: “The RAF squadron in Lossiemouth constantly monitors UK airspace and is always ready to act on information.”
According to CNN, the area over which the two Russian planes passed is in international airspace monitored by the UK, which the British side says could pose a danger to other aircraft as Russian planes “usually fly out of control”. do not communicate with”. Signals required to help other vehicles to be recognized”.
For the time being, the RAF squadron has returned to base.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry accused Norway of violating Russia’s border in the Barents Sea. According to TASS, the attacking aircraft was a P-8A Poseidon of the Norwegian Air Force on a patrol and reconnaissance mission.
Russia sent a MiG-29 fighter from the Northern Fleet to intercept the Norwegian aircraft.
The Russian side said, “When the Russian fighter jets arrived, the foreign aircraft moved away from the Russian border. There was no violation of the border.”
The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed that Russian aircraft flew in strict compliance with international rules on the use of airspace over international waters, did not cross civil aviation or approach aircraft dangerously overseas.