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Russian jets intercepted in UK airspace - again!

Royal Air Force (RAF) jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers after they entered British airspace this month -- the 20th such incident in 15 m

Two RAF Tornado F3 fighters were sent to shadow the Russian Blackjack bombers after intercepting them near Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland in the early hours of March 10, it said.

The British jets followed the bombers as they flew south, before they turned north just north of the Northern Ireland coast, and leaving British airspace. The Tornado crews returned to base after four hours.

'This is not an unusual incident and people may be surprised to know that our crews have successfully scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft on more than 20 occasions since the start of 2009,' said Wing Commander Mark Gorringe.

  • 25 March 2010
  • CMAG

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