Two British jets dispatched after Russian incursion

Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland this morning after Russian planes entered UK airspace.

An Airbus Voyager KC3 tanker was also dispatched from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and was tracked heading north before going into a holding pattern off the Aberdeenshire coast.

They were responding on ‘quick alert’ to two Russian aircraft which had entered British airspace.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: ‘Two Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth this morning as part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert in response to two Russian aircraft entering the UK’s airspace.

“Both aircraft have now returned safely to RAF Lossiemouth.”

It comes amid a heightened state of security across the country just days after the worst terror attack on British soil in more than a decade happened in Manchester.

RAF fighters have repeatedly been scrambled to the skies over Britain to ward off incursions from Russian jets, including in February when aircraft were sent to monitor two bombers which passed near UK airspace.

The Tupolev TU-160 Blackjacks were in the UK’s ‘area of interest’ but did not enter British territory, the RAF said at the time.

The nuclear-capable Blackjack, the largest bomber aircraft in the world, were monitored coming from the north east and passed to the west of Ireland.

In January, Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans was deployed to ‘man mark’ the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its battlegroup as the vessels sailed close to UK territorial waters, returning from operations supporting the offensive in Syria.

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