LONDON Feb 9 Britain said on Thursday it had
scrambled an unspecified number of Typhoon aircraft to monitor
two Russian Blackjack bombers which flew near British airspace.
The incident is the latest example of Russian jets flying
near to Britain, often as a way of testing the response time of
their British counterparts.
"We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft
from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby scrambled to monitor two
Blackjack bombers while they were in the UK area of interest," a
Royal Air Force spokesman said in a statement.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)