Defence chiefs said the RAF Typhoons from were scrambled after the Russian aircraft “entered the UK’s controlled zone of international airspace”. The Russian planes were identified as TU-142 Bear F maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
An MoD spokesman said monitoring the zone ensures the safe passage for all other aircraft, including civilian transatlantic airliners that are under UK civilian air traffic control.
The Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons are currently based at former RAF Leuchars.
This is now the British Army’s Leuchars Station, the home of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
The mid-air alert comes just a week after it emerged British fighter jets based in Cyprus as part of a mission to counter ISIS in Syria and Iraq have instead been flying in the Black Sea region amid soaring tensions with Russia.
A military source told Sky News Typhoons, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker aircraft, were deployed during Russian military exercise in the region
The source said they were operating with a number of US B52 bombers, which flew from an airbase in the UK where they are stationed.
An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm RAF Typhoons have been operating in the Black Sea region.
“The sortie demonstrates the UK’s ability to support ongoing cooperation with allies and partners in the region which deepens relationships and regional security.”
Russia said it scrambled eight fighter jets to intercept three US B-52 strategic bombers flying over the Black Sea.
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