US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The head of the British Air Force condemned his Russian counterpart after intercepting two Russian anti-submarine aircraft.
On Wednesday, British Typhoon fighters took off from a base in Lossiemouth, Morey County, to intercept the Russian Tu-142, approaching from the northeast.
Russian aircraft remained in international airspace over the Norwegian and North Seas, but were in the British zone of special attention, the Royal Air Force said.
Russian aircraft movements also tracked Norwegian F -16 and F -35 and NATO radar detection plane E -3 A. Tu-142 were officially unidentified, because they do not bind either to the military or to civilian air traffic controllers and did not registered a flight plan.
Such flights are a common thing for the Russian Air Force. In the last month the British fighters twice in one week, rose in the air, similar to track the Tu-142.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Mike Wigston ( Officers Mike Wigston ) said that the flights “Russian bombers from the Cold War” violate the rules governing air traffic.
“These Russian bombers are relics of the Cold War. They do not comply with international air traffic regulations and pose a threat to civilian and military aircraft, ” he said.
“Despite the global pandemic, we and our allies continue to ensure that the actions of Russian military aviation do not pose a threat to the airspace of Britain and NATO.”
One of the British pilots participating in the operation stated that it demonstrated the benefits of cooperation between NATO allies such as Britain and Norway.
“The interception demonstrated our close working relationship with our NATO colleagues,” the Royal Air Force said in a statement.
“After taking off to intercept two Russian aircraft, we maintained close contact with the coordinators from the Royal Air Force and Norway, who sent us and gave us directions at all stages, so we could constantly monitor where these aircraft are and what they are doing.”
“Recent events have drawn attention to the activity of the Russian military, but the Royal Air Force has previously constantly intercepted, identified and accompanied Russian aircraft located in international airspace within the British zone of special attention,” the statement emphasizes.
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