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RAF Typhoons Scrambled To Intercept Russian Transport Aircraft

The aircraft are in the region as part of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted two Russian transport aircraft.

The two Antonov AN-24 aircraft (NATO callsign ‘Coke') were flying in international airspace close to Estonia from the south.

Based at Amari Air Base in Estonia, the Typhoon jets are providing reassurance in the region as part of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

It is the sixth Quick Reaction Alert scramble and intercept since the RAF took over enhanced Air Policing from the German Air Force in May.

Speaking about Monday's scramble, the lead pilot from XI (Fighter) Squadron said:

“Both intercepts were routine and carried out in a safe and professional manner.”

The Royal Air Force is deployed on Operation Azotize in Estonia in support of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.