Coningsby Typhoons are not being launched more says RAF

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The RAF has dismissed claims that Typhoon fighters are being scrambled from Coningsby to deal with an increasing number of security threats.

Typhoons based at Coningsby - and RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland - are often at the front-line of Britain’s defences.

The Coningsby jets were launched a couple of weeks ago as part of an alert sparked by a Latvian-registered plane flying over Kent.

That led to speculation in the national press that the fighters were being launched more often.

However, figures obtained by the News show the Typhoons have been called into action on 18 occasions so far this year - compared to 17 times in 2013, 21 times in 2012 and 20 times in 2011.

*The figures relate to Coningsby and Lossiemouth.