Russian Bears Disrupt UK Civil Aviation

The Foreign Office has revealed that Russia’s Out of Area Operations using their TU-95H “Bear” long range bombers had caused disruption to UK civil flights on Wednesday 28th January 2015 with two of the aircraft coming “within 25 miles” of the UK.

As usual they were promptly escorted away from UK airspace by RAF Typhoon Interceptors but it continues Russia’s growing effort to test UK Air Defenses and response by attempting to penetrate it’s sovereign airspace.

Recently Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK was concerned about the “extremely aggressive probing” of its airspace by Russian Bombers.

The threat posed to civil aviation is increasing as the bombers do not file flight plans, often fly with no transponders on and do not talk to Air Traffic Control meaning mid-air collision are a very real risk.

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