Military

Several British and French military aircraft were scrambled today.

Two RAF planes were sent to the coast off Newcastle after the Russian Blackjacks long-range bomber jets passed through “a variety of international airspace”, which had been monitored by NATO partners.

A Typhoon fighter jet and a supporting Airbus Voyager tanker plane were sent out from RAF Lossiemouth in northeast Scotland just before 3pm, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed.

A French fighter jet and its supporting tanker plane had been sent out from an eastern French military airbase as they passed over the country earlier in the day.

UPDATE 15:10 UTC

  • UK QRA tanker is returning to base

UPDATE 14:56 UTC

  • French tanker and AWACS are returning to base
  • 1 UK QRA fighter is returning to base
  • UK QRA tanker is still up


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