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RAF Typhoons Scrambled Twice In Two Days To Intercept Russian Military Aircraft

The fighter aircraft are operating from Amari Air Base in Estonia.

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A RAF Typhoon intercepted a Russian Tupolev TU-134 'Crusty' transport aircraft (Picture: Crown Copyright 2019).

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft.

The RAF Typhoons were scrambled from Amari Air Base on Monday and Tuesday, from where they operate as part of Operation Azotize in Estonia.

The Typhoons intercepted a Russian Tupolev TU-134 'Crusty' transport aircraft flying close to Estonian airspace.

A Russian Tupolev TU-134 Crusty transport aircraft being intercepted 060819 CREDIT MOD
The Tupolev Tu-134 is a twin-engined, narrow-body, jet airliner (Picture: MOD).

This is a routine NATO mission for the Typhoons, which provides reassurance that the UK is here to work in partnership with Estonia.

This is the sixteenth Quick Reaction Alert scramble and intercepts for the RAF since it took over enhanced Air Policing from the German Air Force on 3 May 2019 as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing.