WAR GAMES Panic as two Russian bombers blast across Europe – causing FOUR countries to scramble fighter jets to intercept them

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Ministry of Defence handout photo of one of the two Russian military 'Blackjack' aircraft that were intercepted yesterday by RAF Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland after they flew into international airspace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 11, 2015. The Typhoon pilots visually identified the two Russian aircraft and escorted them whilst in the UK area of interest. See PA story DEFENCE Russia. Photo credit should read: RAF/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

FOUR European countries were forced to scramble fighter jets after two Russian Blackjack bombers blasted across the continent, it has been revealed.

The UK, Norway, France and Spain all intercepted the TU-160 planes as they made a daring flight from Norway to northern Spain and back.

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During the flight, the bombers swooped across the top of Scotland, before skirting the west coast of Ireland, completing their route near northern Spain.

Spanish media has reported it is the furthest south such an operation has had to take place – while the frequency of Russian bombers being intercepted by Nato aircraft has significantly increased.

Although the incident occurred on September 22, the full details only emerged following an statement from the French Ministry of Defence.

According to the statement, the two bombers were first detected by Norway, which scrambled two F-16 jets to accompany them to the north of Scotland – where they were then intercepted by RAF(Royal Air Force) Typhoon aircraft.

French Rafale fighter planes then picked up the bombers after they skirted Ireland’s west coast, before Spain sent two F-18 jets to intercept the Russian planes north of Bilbao.

The RAF has confirmed that the Russian jets did not enter UK airspace at any point.


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