According to the statement made by the British Ministry of Defense, Eurofighter Typhoon jets of the RAF took off after two Russian planes sailed north of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, located at NATO’s northern checkpoint.
In the statement, which was reported that the jets departing from Lossiemouth Base in Scotland accompanied the passage of Russian planes in the international airspace, the comments of the British Minister of State for the Armed Forces James Heappey were also included.
Noting that the jets at the base in question were constantly controlling British airspace, Heappey said, “The pilots of the Typhoon jets took off to intercept two long-range Russian bombers this morning. They watched their passage from the north of Shetland, ready to counter any potential threat to British soil.”
Secretary of State Heappey also reported that a supply plane accompanied the Eurofighter Typhoon jets so that the mission could continue for a longer period of time.
The pilot of the Eurofightre Typhoon plane also reported that the two Russian planes were followed until they left the UK’s control area.
In the statement of the ministry, it was stated that Lossimouth Base pilots were in Estonia as part of a 4-month NATO mission and made 50 interception flights against Russian aircraft during this period.
Pointing out that Russian military aircraft entering the UK’s air control area may pose a danger to other aircraft, it was also noted that Russian aircraft did not contact air traffic controllers and did not publish codes that allow them to be seen.
British warplanes, together with the Royal Norwegian Air Force elements, took off against the potential of Russian planes to enter British airspace from the North Sea and intercepted.