Russian “Bear” strategic bombers intercepted by Typhoon jet from base in Scotland for the first time

Sep 19 2014 - 9 Comments

RAF Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, intercepted Russian Tu-95 bombers.

This news would sound different if Scotland got independent anyway, on Sept. 19, Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 aircraft, based at RAF Lossiemouth were scramble for the first time since they relocated from RAF Leuchars, Scotland, to the most northerly Scottish base, to identify, intercept and escort Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bears.

This was the very first time the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) was launched since the Scottish base took on the role of defending the UK’s Northern airspace on Sept. 1.

The Bear bombers were flying a routine long-range training mission off the British Isles and did not enter UK airspace (unlike what two Su-24 did in Sweden earlier this week to probe Swedish Air Force readiness).

This is not the first time Typhoon from the 6 Sqn intercept Russian strategic bombers skirting the UK airspace: on Apr. 23, two RAF Typhoons from RAF Leuchars (where the squadron was previously based), intercepted and escorted two Tu-95 “Bear-H” aircraft that were approaching the British Isles.

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  • Grach25

    That is very nice of the VVS to show off their museum pieces. Still sporting that red star.

    • Andrés Luengas

      Same thing can be said of the B-52. They upgrade them just like everyone else.

    • Molk

      the new Russian red star has a blue band between the red and the white outline, colours of the flag of the RF white blue red stripes…

    • r

      The B-52 is older that the Tu-95 but its still used

      • phuzz

        Imagine a flypast with a Bear, a B-52 and a Vulcan, that would be a sight to see.

      • Grach25

        Right. But do we send them to probe Russian air defenses every time we are mad at them?. Correct me if I am wrong.

      • Judy Lincicome Fletcher

        Actually, the B-52 and TU-95 both had their maiden flights in 1952.

  • Tom Jones

    I see the BBC still sponsor the TU-95’s

  • Gary Stedman

    Leuchars is in Scotland as well…