RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers heading towards UK airspace, it has been reported. A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the planes were heading towards UK airspace – and it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Last November RAF Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers near British airspace.

The jets took off from Scotland last night after the bombers were picked up on radar over the Atlantic Ocean. Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased over the last year amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow. Last September another two Russian bombers were intercepted after threatening to enter UK air space. And last January, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain a similar episode when Russian bombers flew over the English Channel, forcing British authorities to reroute civil aircraft. READ MORE