Dramatic footage of the British fighter jets almost certainly scrambled by RAF Boulmer to escort a Russian bomber away from UK airspace has been released by a Moscow-backed TV station.
The video was shot from inside the cockpit of a Tu-95 Bear long-range bomber thought to be during one of a number of recent incursions by the Russians close to UK sovereign airspace. British and French fighter jets can be seen in very close attendance to guide the plane away.
It comes after news that RAF Typhoons have again been scrambled to intercept the Russian planes, this time off the coast of Cornwall on Wednesday and is being seen as the latest sign of a return to Cold War tactics between Moscow and the West. RAF Boulmer’s involvement in this latest incident has not yet been released.
Aerospace battle managers at RAF Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) at Boulmer had tracked the military aircraft, which had encroached in international airspace, before scrambling the UK fighters.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said Moscow appeared to by trying to make ‘some sort of a point’ and that the RAF response showed the UK was well-prepared to react to any Russian incursion.
He said yesterday: “I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems, in place to protect the United Kingdom.
“I suspect what’s happening here is that the Russians are trying to make some sort of a point and I don’t think we should dignify it with too much of a response.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, however, warned that tensions with Moscow appeared to be ‘warming up’ in the wake of the international stand-off over Ukraine.
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