UK scrambles jets to ‘area of interest’ one day after it escorted Russian bombers out of the region

The United Kingdom launched its fighter jets on Thursday just one day after their threat response to four Russian military aircraft that approached the nation. 

According to The Hill, the jets were sent to respond to an “area of interest.” However, further details about the trip and what the aircraft found were not offered to the public. 

“Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth, supported by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton, have been launched against aircraft approaching the UK area of interest,” a Royal Air Force (RAF) spokesman said, according to Reuters.

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

The publication reported that it is not altogether uncommon for the military to intercepts aircraft that are in the U.K.’s “area of interest,” according to a Reuters report on the incident.

However, it seems worthy of heightened note when taken in context with the incident the day before where the Royal Air Force “intercepted and escorted” four Russian strategic bombers away from the nation. 

Officials noted that the Russian aircraft did not enter U.K. airspace, but came near the nation’s border. 

“The RAF has said in the past that Russian aircraft entering its international airspace zone can pose a threat to air traffic if there is no communication with controllers,” The Hill reported. 

The eyes of the nation have been on Europe as Russia moves it’s military assets around, seeming to prepare for war with Ukraine in a move that prompted the United States and others to advise their citizens to evacuate the nation.