The RAF scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept a Russian Tu-142 Maritime Patrol aircraft known as a Bear-F by NATO were operating close to UK airspace.
The Bear-F flew north east in international airspace over the Norwegian Sea then the North Atlantic Ocean on Sunday and the Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept from RAF Lossiemouth along with Norwegian F-35A warplanes.
An RAF Typhoon pilot said this “demonstrated the close working relationships we have with our NATO colleagues.”
The pilot added, “After scrambling to intercept the Russian aircraft, we were in close contact with RAF Battlespace Managers, who directed us towards the aircraft and relayed orders throughout.
“Ensuring we could confirm where they were and what they were doing at all times.”