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Second scramble in two days for RAF Lossiemouth Typhoons as Russian tensions continue

A RAF Lossiemouth Typhoon in the sky at dusk.
Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth have been scrambled for a second time in two days. Photo: Jason Hedges/DCT Media

RAF Lossiemouth alert Typhoons have been scrambled for the second time in just two days in response.

The fighter jets were launched from the Moray base on Wednesday to escort four Russian bombers away from UK airspace.

Now it has been confirmed the RAF Lossiemouth crews have been scrambled yet again on Thursday.

The RAF has confirmed a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) mission was launched in response to two Russian bombers approaching the UK.

A spokesman said: “Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters based at RAF Lossiemouth, supported by a Voyager from RAF Brize Norton, were scrambled today against aircraft approaching the UK area of interest.

“Subsequently we intercepted and escorted two RussianTu-95 Bear F aircraft.”

The RAF escorted the Russian aircraft out of the UK’s area of interest, but at no time did the intruders enter UK airspace.

RAF Lossiemouth scrambles come amidst Russian tensions

The second Typhoons scramble, within about 24 hours of the first, at RAF Lossiemouth comes amidst continuing tensions with Russia about Ukraine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned of “crippling sanctions” from Nato allies on Vladimir Putin if troops enter the country.

A TU-142 Bear-F Russian bomber tracked by RAF Lossiemouth Typhoons in August 2021. Photo: RAF

Responding to Russian aircraft is not unusual for crews at the Moray base, who maintain a 24/7 readiness to protect the UK border.

However, while a regular operation, it is unusual for personnel to have to be scrambled on consecutive days.

During the whole of 2021, only 10 QRA operations were launched – just four of which were to respond to Russian aircraft.

On Wednesday, RAF Lossiemouth Typhoons escorted four Russian bombers away from the north of Scotland during the scramble.

Military bosses say scrambles regularly come amidst the contested environment of the North Atlantic. 

Russian submarines are known to regularly operate in the area while the new fleet of RAF Lossiemouth P-8A Poseidon spy planes have been tasked to monitor them.

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