RAF fighter jets scrambled to Scotland as Russian aircraft approach UK airspace

RAF fighter jets were scrambled to the north of Scotland this morning after Russian aircraft entered UK airspace, the MOD has confirmed.  Royal Air Force Typhoons took off from the Lossiemouth airbase, north east Scotland, on a Quick Alert Response (QRA).  An RAF Airbus Voyager KC3 tanker was also scrambled from Brize Norton airbase in Oxfordshire. The Quick Reaction Alert, or QRA, is the RAF’s state of readiness where fighter jets can be scrambled within minutes to

meet or intercept aircraft which give cause for concern.  A statement by the Ministry of Defence said: “Two Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth this morning as part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert in response to two Russian aircraft entering the UK’s airspace.  “Both aircraft have now returned safely to RAF Lossiemouth.”  An MoD spokesman said the Russian jets did not actually enter UK airspace, but had travelled into an “area of interest” very close by.  READ MORE