BREAKING RAF Typhoon fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks approaching UK airspace

RAF jets have been scrambled this morning to intercept Russian planes approaching UK airspace.

Two Typhoon fighters took off from RAF Lossiemouth just before 9:30am as QRA.

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  • UPDATE 11:15 UTC The two Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks are over the north sea.
  • UPDATE 11:07 UTC Two Belgian Air Component F-16s have been scrambled.

A Royal Air Force 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.”

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

A Voyager refuel tanker was deployed from RAF Brize Norton.

Belgian F-16 LH01 identifying RUAF Tu-160 RF-94102

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