Monday 19 March 2018

Russian nuclear bomber films RAF jets escorting it away from Ireland News Desk

Footage has emerged of two RAF jets escorting a Russian aircraft away from the Irish coast.

The Irish Aviation Authority said it had been monitoring the activity of two Russian military aircraft off the coast of Ireland yesterday afternoon when Britain scrambled two Typhoon jets to intercept the planes.

The incident comes two weeks after a similar incident where a Russian Tu-95 'Bear' bomber flew past the west coast of Ireland and into the English Channel before turning and going back the same way.

Now in a bizarre twist, a Russian television channel claims to have published a video of incident taken from within one of the Russian bombers.

An IAA spokesperson said the aircraft involved did not enter Irish sovereign airspace at any time.

The Typhoon jets, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, escorted the Russian aircraft which were flying in international airspace "until they were out of the UK's area of interest", said a spokesperson for the UK's Ministry of Defence.

"RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched yesterday after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace," they said.

"At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace."

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