UK Scrambles 7 Fighter Jets To Intercept Russian Aircraft

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Britain's Ministry of Defence said this week it had scrambled Typhoon fighter jets after four separate groups of aircraft were detected in international airspace near the Baltics by NATO air defenses. The British jets intercepted seven Russian military aircraft that, as Reuters reports, did not file a flight plan and did not use their transponders, making them invisible to civilian air traffic control and a safety hazard to commercial air traffic. "The Russian aircraft were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted on their way," noted the ministry. This follows an event last Thursday when Latvia said NATO fighters had scrambled a record four times after a total of 16 Russian military planes were spotted close to the country’s air space.


As Reuters reports,

Britain said on Wednesday it had scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept seven Russian military aircraft flying near the Baltic states, as tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine remained high.


A NATO official said the Russian aircraft were armed and in the vicinity of NATO airspace.


They did not file a flight plan and did not use their transponders, making them invisible to civilian air traffic control and a safety hazard to commercial air traffic, which was why NATO had intercepted them, he said.


Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday it had launched the Typhoons on Tuesday after four separate groups of aircraft were detected in international airspace near the Baltics by NATO air defences.


It said the aircraft had been identified as a Russian Tupolev Tu-22 bomber, four Sukhoi Su-27 fighters, one Beriev A-50 early warning aircraft, and an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft.


They appeared to be carrying out routine training, it said.


"The Russian aircraft were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted on their way," the ministry said in a statement.

NATO has been building its forces ever since the troubles began...

The alliance last month tripled the number of fighter jets based in the Baltics as part of measures to beef up its defences in eastern Europe following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Britain contributed four Typhoons to the operation.

And this is not the first time...

NATO planes patrolling the Baltics have scrambled repeatedly in the last week in response to sightings of Russian military aircraft.


Last Thursday, Latvia said NATO fighters had scrambled a record four times after a total of 16 Russian military planes were spotted close to the country’s air space.


Local news agency BNS quoted Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma on Monday as saying that the increased activity by Russian military planes was an "intimidation tactic" and a demonstration of power by Russia. "The same tactics are used also in Ukraine and elsewhere," she said.


The incidents may have been connected to military exercises in Russia's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad that Moscow said last week it was holding in response to drills by NATO allies in parts of eastern Europe.

But with stocks at record highs (and expected volatility at record lows), we are sure this is nothing to worry about - go back to the World Cup.

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TeamDepends's picture

They did not file a flight plan, making them invisible.....

kurt's picture

I say old Bean did they use their new Uninvisibility Goggles?

I saw a pair for sale on Wallace and Gromit Ebay!

ZerOhead's picture

"Britain's Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday it had launched the Typhoons on Tuesday after four separate groups of aircraft were detected in international airspace near the Baltics by NATO air defences."

"They appeared to be carrying out routine training, it said."


Ooooh... routine training in International airspace. Be very very afraid Mr. & Mrs. John Q. Public the big bad Russian Bear is on the prowl. Time to raise the threat level to DEFCON 1

Global Hunter's picture

Maybe if the PM and Foreign Minister of the UK called up their Russian counterparts with a serious proposal for a ceasefire and propose a joint humanitarian aid effort for the civilians in Donbass to cool things down a little they wouldn't have to scramble their own jets?  Perhaps I am an idealist but one tends to catch more flies with honey.

Pinto Currency's picture



Prime Minister Cameron says that the banking oligarchs in the City of London have informed him that the paper trading Gold Fixing is falling apart. 

Agitate Russia and create chaos in the Mid East ASAP.

We need an excuse!

vie's picture

Amazing they were able to detect them at all, considering MA-370 is still missing.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Those bitches couldn't scramble an egg white.  Escorted them on their way???  Is that some pathetic attempt at an cleverly erudite way of saying that they were unable to divert them?

COSMOS's picture

I always file a Dick Intention to Penetrate Plan on all my dates before I take them out.  What the fck is going with these self entitled NATO western pricks.  I mean seriously someone needs to bitch slap them.  Especially that Danish Rasmushiten dude that is general secretary and from Denmark.

tonyw's picture

Hey, Rasmushiten needs nato to keep going so he has a job/pay preferably for him a bit bigger so he can pay himself more. Of course he is a US lapdog, how else will he get good money after he retires?

Back in ukraine (which has had very few mentions in the weastern press other than porky's cease fire plan (which is put down your weapons & surrender or we will kill you, you can trust us...) 

Despite Poroshenko's cease-fire terms, Slavaynsk was still bombarded after the "cease-fire" yesterday

Pro-Kiev oligarchs Kolomoysky and Lyashko also publicly said they did not recognize the cease-fire and that their private armies would continue killing the "terrorists".  Kolomoysky is also the Kiev-appointed governor of Dnepropetrovsk.

Are you getting a picture now of the Frankenstein that's been created in the "New Ukraine"?

Reports indicate that ukraine army appears to be amassing for a large, simultaneous assault on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

There's no plan to discuss/address grievances by the Donbass people.

Kiev is clearly conducting a policy of genocide that is at the very least backed by the USa if not encouraged.

It's no womder that they want to keep this out of the "press".

Xibalba's picture

paywall kept me from reading the whole article.  CUT/PASTE it.

tonyw's picture

nothing to do with cameron., shouldn't cut and paste whole article but this gives you a good flavour:


In the wake of scandals over the setting of Libor and other market reference points, the World Gold Council said yesterday that it was convening a forum on replacing the fix, which is nearly a century old.

“It needs to change to meet today’s market expectations for enhanced regulation, transparency and technology. Modernisation is imperative in order to maintain trust,” Natalie Dempster, the managing director of the WGC, said.


The WGC said that it will discuss modernising the gold fix on July 7 to base the benchmark on actual trades rather than estimates, which is the current practice. “Any reform or replacement of the fix must serve the needs of all market participants,” Ms Dempster said. There has been wide interest shown in formulating a mechanism to replace the silver fix, including from the London Stock Exchange and Platts, the provider of information on energy and metals, suggesting that organisations other than banks might be keen to help set the price of gold.



DeadFred's picture

When they sent the Bear bombers to within 50 miles of California a week ago they swore they were just trying to check on the magnetic anomaly which was about to make Yellowstone blow up. Does Scotland have any supervolcanoes? I'm sure they're just trying to help.

COSMOS's picture

Hey UK you are quite a bit further from the Baltic Sea than Kaliningrad Province of Russia and mainland Russia both of which have Baltic coastline.  This would be like the Russians scrambling jets to intercept British planes flying over the Channel LOL

Bunch of freakin hypocrites these NATO cry babies.  Hope the Russians bloody the noses of these Europoops.  America may have spent the money on Ukraine but the Europoops are right there in the thick of the scheming.

I guess I am being red arrowed by the Geography whizz kids from the UK

Typical of the Brauts to be sticking their noses everywhere they don't belong.  Maybe they should keep their noses in the Queen's But Crack, they sure love that old welfare hag more than anything else in this world LOL

Jack Sheet's picture

They quaffed a Polyjuice Potion.

Carpenter1's picture

Nobody's going to attack each other, at least not major powers. After 15-20 years of these kind of attempts to sell papers/advertising, rest assured, the last thing the fat cats want is a disruption of their lifestyles such that major wars create.

Ultimately they may need such a diversion to cover their multitude of crimes, but they'll put that day off as long as a printing press, lies, and bribery will allow them to.

Global Hunter's picture

I don't know Carpenter I hope you are right but the west's actions appear increasingly desperate and beligerent

eclectic syncretist's picture

It's all smoke and mirrors to distract from the overarching theme of human civilization today: the epic fail of central banking.

tonyw's picture

The US will use whatever proxies it can to attack russia and anyone that does not toe the US line to maintain hegemony.

See syria, iraq, iran, libya, ukraine ...

agent default's picture

UK desperately trying to look relevant... Sad isn't it.

hobopants's picture

What's sad is this stupid fucking posturing by both sides may end up starting WWIII.

disabledvet's picture

I think it's already begun.
this can be considered a "posture."
i believe it's called this:

in my book this is the real deal...although we can still hope this is not so. what is happening is not a surprise as "it" is happening at enormous distance.

eclectic syncretist's picture

It's somewhat curious that the recent Ebola outbreak was said to be completely under control in May, but now it's suddenly back again, and apparently much worse this time around, and possibly beyond control.

COSMOS's picture

The Russians should do a little arms aid to Argentina, and stock them full of anti ship missiles, enough to sink the UK navy several times over. Why shouldn't the Russians make things hot for the Europoops if they are stirring trouble.  Russia can sure heat things up for the Euroempire in other places where they get the rest of their energy from.

knukles's picture

British Navy?
The one remaining garbage scow tender?

not a snarky comment re: Britain, snarky as per leadership, worldwide

tonyw's picture

The only real interest that argentina has is to distract the people from realising what an almighty cock up the government has made.

So find an easily identified external body to blame, preferably convince the people they will be invaded, stir them up with a false flag if needed then all can rally round the flag under martial law. Of course then all problems are blamed on the outsiders.

It works every time just as long as you have the "press" to do your bidding :-(

argentine was once one of the world's richest countries due to its natural resources but inept govt has ruined them, nothing to do with those small islands hundreds of miles away.

angel_of_joy's picture

Getting kicked-out early (as usual) of the World Cup must be hard to swallow...

Irrelevant in soccer too... the supreme humiliation.

COSMOS's picture

Soon to get kicked out of Scotland. Nobody want to be affiliated with the LOSER Brauts

August's picture

To Latvia, the UK counts as a major power.  After all, the English Army did defeat the Nazis.

Racer's picture

The UK hasn't got enough money to fix the holes in the road or money for the health service, yet it can send fuel guzzling war planes at the hint of Russian planes going near the Baltics?

kchrisc's picture

Power must be maintained.

The flow of theft from the subjects must be maintained.

The pols' and crats' backyard pools must be maintained.

Interlopers must be kept at bay.


"My guillotine must be maintained."

COSMOS's picture

That is equivalent to the Russians sending planes to intercept British planes in the Channel.  Just look at what countries border Baltic Sea, sure ain't the little Monty Biatches

thatthingcanfly's picture

It's useful to think of fuel economy of military aircraft in gallons per mile, rather than the inverse. One time, I mathed out the fuel economy of the helicopter above and to my left there. We were burning 1 gallon per quarter mile - and that was when we were making 120 knots across the ground. As we slowed to a hover, it of course approached infinity.

Military aviation baby! Turning gas into noise is our specialty!

potato's picture

That must have been huge. For comparison, a Cessna 172 can burn 8 gallons of AvGas per hour at 90 knots, getting about 11 nautical miles per gallon.

Say a helicopter R44 burns 13 gph at 115 knots getting about 10 miles per gallon.

COSMOS's picture

Hahahha let the Brauts print those pounds out of thin air to pay for that gas, I dont think they can keep it up as long as the USA

ZeroPoint's picture

They already rolled over for China, doing direct currency trades. It's just as over for them as it is for the U.S.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Meh. The Baltic Sea is small and the international air space relatively narrow. Saying Russia was flying "close" to someones air space there is like saying "well, they did what they always do, but we're currently overreacting to everything to make the Russians look as threatening as possible."

graneros's picture

Oh shit where's Maverick and Goose when you need them?

COSMOS's picture

Maverick and Goose are in the hospital after their F35 oxygen system failed....Docs say irreversible brain damage since they were without oxygen for more than 4 minutes.  Doc says they will have the IQ of a Goose from now on...

goldhedge's picture

UK propoganda to make us look more important than reality.  Sort out our Health service and education first and stop the Euros from coming here.


Smegley Wanxalot's picture

It's just part of a drill, UK, so chill.

Fuh Querada's picture

NATO is toothless


"At the same time, many NATO countries have drastically cut their defense budgets without appreciably coordinating these decisions. According to the NATO report, in 2010 some 16 member states had cut spending, adjusted for inflation, to below 2008 levels. This applied to 18 countries in 2011, and in 2014 it is expected to apply to 21. Between 2009 and 2014, German defense spending shrank from 1.44 percent to 1.29 percent of GNP. All European member states combined spend an average of 1.5 percent of gross national product on defense, compared with the official NATO target of 2 percent, and in some countries the ratio is less than 1 percent. The report argues that already deficient defense structures as they exist now cannot even be maintained at that level. And yet, "despite the action by the Russian Federation in recent months, currently there is little evidence to suggest that the defense spending cuts experienced by a majority of allies over the past five years will be reversed to any great extent."

tonyw's picture

nato is still spending more then ten times as much as russia.

deflator's picture

 Germany just went up 1-nil against Ghana on a header. Ghana just tied the score.


Boomberg's picture

So Russian military planes can't fly in international airspace without lighting themselves up? Would transponders on really have prevented the interception? I guess NATO warplanes always light up and file flight plans with Russia when flying in international airspace. The intercepts are clear provocations by the West. 

thatthingcanfly's picture

NATO aircraft - usually - DO file flightplans with ICAO. These are visible to every country's ATC organizations.

Failing to file a plan and turning off one's squawk box is spooky.

In this instance, if what's reported is true, I'd say there are "clear provovations" going on in each direction.

Anusocracy's picture

Do the CIA rendition flights follow that protocol?

thatthingcanfly's picture

I'm not at liberty to discuss that.

<Turns from Anusocracy, keys walkie-talkie.>

"Sir, we have a turd in the punch bowl."

stant's picture

Regional power ? I guess vlad took that badly