Britain scrambles jets after detecting unidentified aircraft

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RAF Typhoon jets scrambled to track ‘unidentified aircraft’ north of Scotland

RAF jets have been scrambled to track “unidentified aircraft” north of Scotland.

The Typhoon jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and joined by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

“Quick reaction alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth, supported by a vogayer tanker from RAF Brieze Norton, have been launched against unidentified aircraft approaching the UK area of interest,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

“We will not be offering any additional detail on this ongoing operation until complete.”

Sky News reported that the aircraft had been detected north of Scotland. An RAF spokesman declined to provide more information on the operation until it is over.

The RAF routinely intercepts aircraft approaching what it describes as the “UK area of interest”

An area of interest includes international airspace for which a nation holds some responsibility, such as air traffic control services.

The RAF's air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tanker 'Voyager' can be seen to the north of Scotland. Pic: Flightradar24.com
Image: The RAF’s air-to-air refuelling (AAR) tanker, Voyager, can be seen to the north of Scotland. Pic: Flightradar24.com

An image taken from Flightradar24.com shows the refuelling tanker’s involvement in the operation.

The RAF routinely intercepts aircraft approaching what it describes as the “UK area of interest”.

An area of interest includes international airspace for which a nation holds some responsibility, such as air traffic control services.

It compares with the sovereign airspace above a country’s territory.

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