Britain Scrambles Typhoon Jets To
Escort Russian Bombers
Photo UK MINISTRY OF DEFENSE Russian "Bear" top, British " Typhoon" below
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The British Ministry of Defense reported Thursday May 14, 2015 That they scrambled
Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets to intercept two apparently inbound Russian bombers
near British airspace north of Scotland. Britain's Ministry of Defense indicates that
intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO forces have increased over the last year. It is
believed that the increase reflects heightened tensions over the Ukraine. The intrusive
aircraft were identified as Russian "Bear Bombers", long range nuclear capable bombers.
The Bears were escorted by RAF Typhoon fighter jets until they cleared UK aerial defense
zones. At no time did the air craft violate British sovereign airspace Similar events have
happened over Alaska in recent months.