RAF Coningsby Typhoons intercept Russian planes for second time in a month

Typhoon fighter jets. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF
Typhoon fighter jets. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF
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Typhoons from RAF Coningsby have again been called into action after two Russian bombers were spotted off the coast of Cornwall.

The Ministry of Defence today confirmed that fighters from RAF Coningbsy were launched yesterday afternoon, Wednesday February 18, to intercept the planes, which were in International airspace.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched yesterday after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.

“The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace.”

This is the second time in a month jets from RAF Coningsby have been scambled to intercept Russian military aircraft flying close to UK airspace.