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Photo Story: RAF Typhoons Intercept Russian Military Aircraft Close To Estonian Airspace

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A handout picture provided by the British Ministry of Defence showing a Russian SU-27 aircraft, in a photo from a British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon aircraft (not pictured) from No 11 Squadron during an intercept close to Estonian airspace, 25 June 2019, issued 26 June 2019.

The MOD reports that Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia launched twice on Tuesday 25th of June to intercept two Russian military transport aircraft and two Russian flanker fighters that were flying close to Estonian airspace.

The Royal Air Force is deployed on Operation AZOTIZE in Estonia in support of Baltic Air Policing. This is the tenth and eleventh QRA scramble and intercept since the RAF took over enhanced Air Policing (eAP) from the German Air Force on 3 May 2019 as part of Baltic Air Policing.

The UK operates in support of NATO to reassure our allies and is a further demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the security of the region.

British RAF Typhoons scrambled twice in one day to intercept Russian military aircraft close to Estonian airspace
A handout picture provided by the British Ministry of Defence showing a Russian Antonov AN-12 aircraft (top), with an British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon aircraft (bottom) from No 11 Squadron during an intercept close to Estonian airspace EPA-EFE/Royal Air Force / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Photos: EPA-EFE/Royal Air Force / BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

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