RAF Typhoon jets – armed with the Meteor air-to-air missile for the first time – scrambled from Lossiemouth for ‘unidentified aircraft’

Fighter jets scrambled from a Scottish RAF station due to unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace.

Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray were called out on Monday morning.

UPDATE The ‘unidentified aircraft’ were two Tu-160 and one Il-62 to Venezuela.

The RAF said the fighters were scrambled as a “precautionary measure”, but no intercept took place and the Typhoons returned to base.

They launched from RAF Lossiemouth with the Meteor air-to-air missile for the first time.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: “RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters are now armed with the most advanced air-to-air missile in the world.”

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