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The incident came during the closing stages of a major military exercise involving the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier. The RAF launched a quick reaction alert (QRA) from Leuchars Station in Fife on Wednesday morning in response to the two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers, which had been detected by Nato air defence radars.
The two Russian aircrafts had initially been intercepted by the Royal Norwegian Air Force – Luftforsvaret F-16s, from Bodo Airbase as they headed south.
RAF QRA Typhoons were scrambled from their temporary Leuchars base to intercept the Russian planes.
The Typhoons then shadowed the two Blackjack bombers until they left the UK’s area of interest.
A Voyager Multi-Role Tanker Transport was also launched from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to refuel the Typhoons.
As the Blackjacks returned north, they were handed back over to the Norwegian fighters while the RAF Typhoons returned to their permanent home at Lossiemouth, Moray.
The jets and crews are usually stationed at Lossiemouth but were temporarily moved to Leuchars during a £75m revamp of the Moray station’s runways.
One of the Typhoon pilots involved in the mission said: “We worked closely with units from around the Royal Air Force to deliver another successful intercept, maintaining the safety and integrity of UK and Nato airspace throughout.
“The Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Scampton routed us directly to the Tu-160 Blackjacks so that we could take over the mission from our Norwegian allies.