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Scramble! RAF fighters intercept Russian bears

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Scramble! RAF fighters intercept Russian bears


The RAF scrambled Tornado warplanes, to intercept Russian bombers apparently heading for British airspace. Four Tornadoes took off from bases at RAF Leeming and RAF Waddington. The bombers were long-range Tupolev Tu-95 bombers, codenamed Bears by NATO. Moscow had earlier said 14 planes were on routine flights over the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. Russia recently re-started strategic patrols, which stopped after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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