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RAF Typhoon fighter jets and a Voyager Tanker were today dispatched to intercept two Russian nuclear bombers over the North Sea.
Flight tracking data showed an RAF Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton and a NATO warplane from Cologne were sent to shadow the Russian jets. Tracking for the Typhoon fighters was not immediately available.
The two Russian Tu-160 White Swan bombers entered ‘the UK area of interest,’ the ministry of defence confirmed.
Typhoon fighters were scrambled from Lossiemouth in the north of Scotland and Coningsby in Lincolnshire, along with a refuelling jet from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force said that it had dispatched two F-16 fighters to intercept the bombers before handing over to allies from the RAF.
Flight tracking data showed an RAF Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton was sent to shadow the incident over the North Sea
An RAF spokesman said: ‘Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth & Coningsby, supported by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton, have been launched against an unidentified aircraft approaching the UK area of interest.
‘We will not be offering any additional detail on this ongoing operation until complete.’