RAF Typhoons scrambled to intercept Russian fighter jets

Dominic Nicolls – The Telegraph June 17, 2019

RAF Typhoon and a Russian Su-30. Click to enlarge

RAF jets were scrambled twice over the weekend to intercept Russian fighter aircraft.

This weekend’s activity means that the RAF Typhoon fighters, based at Ämari Air Base in Estonia, have made eight intercepts of Russian aircraft since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission on May 3, 2019.

On Friday evening, Typhoons designated as the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft intercepted a Russian SU-30 Flanker fighter aircraft that was flying to the north of Estonia.

The following day the British planes intercepted another SU-30 and an Ilyushin IL-76 Candid transport aircraft transiting north from Kaliningrad towards Estonian and Finnish airspace.

A Typhoon pilot from XI (Fighter) Squadron on duty at the time said: “We scrambled to intercept two contacts that were approaching Estonian airspace from the south. We escorted the two aircraft for 15 minutes as they transited back towards mainland Russia.

“We then handed over responsibility to two Finnish QRA aircraft, which had also been scrambled as the Russian aircraft operated on the airspace boundary between Estonia and Finland.”

During both intercepts, the aircraft were flown at a safe distance and operated in a professional manner throughout.

The RAF is deployed on Operation Azotize in Estonia in support of the Nato Baltic Air Policing mission.

Elsewhere in the region 850 British soldiers lead Nato’s Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Estonia and Poland, while nearly 2,000 UK Armed Forces personnel will deploy to the Baltic Sea later this summer to bolster maritime security in the region.


2 responses to “RAF Typhoons scrambled to intercept Russian fighter jets”

  1. This British sabre rattling is suposed to be over the skripal poisoning
    but this is pure bullshit
    the real reason, the sme as the real reason for the war on Germany in w w 2
    is because both have taken their economy away from the jewbankers.
    and we the british people are being lied to yet again to fight another war for israel, this is why so many soldiers are saying they would rather go to prison rather than fight any more for the jews

  2. More Nonsense From The Telegraph

    This article is pure nonsense. More scaremongering from the cowardly British press. Lets get some facts into the story, From FighterJetsWorld, you read it all here at this link or just read the summary I provide below…

    “Su-30 MKI is known for its unique agility even present most advance plane like F-22 cannot match its agility. How can mki be almost the same as Eurofighter in maneuverability with all those thrust vectoring systems which lacks in Eurofighter Su 30 is much more maneuverable than Eurofighter and as above mentioned Su30 has vectored thrust along with canards. thus in dogfight Su 30 is superior. Russians were always building their fighter jets super maneuver with more advanced technology than others and even exporting them. Why should countries of the third world have to buy Eurofighter Typhoon when 5 Su-30MKI can come at the price of 2 typhoons. The Sukhoi MKI has vectored thrust along with canards and is among the most maneuverable aircraft of the world with a sustained turn rate of almost 20-25 degrees compared with the raptors 28-32 degrees. ”

    You can read more about the advantages of the Su-30 over the Typhoon at that link above. But let me tell you what the above means. The typhoon has got 0% chance against the Su-30. The Su-30 is faster, WAY MORE maneuverable and can destroy the Typhoon with minimal effort. The Su-30 has twice the combat range, can out climb the Typhoon and out speed it. Think of the Su-30 has a Sabre Tooth Tiger, and the Typhoon as a little kitten, and a dead one at that.

    In battle that Typhoon will be shot down in less than 60 seconds. This entire story by Dominic Nicolls is utter garbage!