Thursday, April 24, 2014

UK and Dutch Fighters Chase Russian Bombers

Wednesday two heavy Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bears bombers were intercepted by the Netherlands Royal Air Force and turned back on approach to Scotland by Royal Navy Typhoon fighters

Two Russian bombers which violated airspace have been chased away by Dutch and British fighters.

The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev Tu-95 Bears, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They were turned away from Britain when a Typhoon fighter was scrambled from RAF Leuchars in Fife. Aircrew stationed at the base are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice. Dutch fighter jets were also dispatched on Wednesday when the two Russian planes entered their airspace. A pair of Dutch F-16 jets intercepted the Tu-95s at about 4pm after they strayed half a mile into the country's territory. The incidents come amid heightened international tensions over the situation in Ukraine, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month.