There has been a confusion over whether Qatari fighter jets were deployed to intercept two passenger planes operated by the UAE in quick succession. With airlines being tight-lipped about the allegations, the issue has now hit international platforms to debate what exactly happened. The tiny Sunni kingdom of UAE, one of the states which rallied behind Saudi Arabia launching a Gulf blockade against Qatar in 2017, had said Qatari air force dispatched fighters twice to intercept civilian aircraft. The UAE's state-run news agency WAM first reported the alleged event on Monday (15 January). Those commercial aircraft were en route to Bahrain when the alleged interception took place. The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority called the interception as "a flagrant and serious threat to the safety of civil aviation and a clear violation of international laws and conventions". While one of the two aircraft is thought to belong to the Emirati airlines, it is still unclear who operated the other … [Read more...] about Did Qatari fighter jets intercept Emirati passenger planes or not?
This footage shows the moment two RAF Typhoon fighter planes intercepted Russian bombers in UK airspace. The Ministry of Defence has released video which shows jets flying along a Russian TU-160 Blackjack after they were scrambled this morning. Two supersonic bombers were said to be within less than 50 miles of the UK before the Royal Air Force took action. The RAF refused to disclose details for operational reasons but MirrorOnline understands that they were acting as a Quick Reaction Alert intercepting a pair Russian Blackjacks - supersonic, heavy strategic bombers. The Russian bombers - which has two internal bays each capable of carrying 20,000kg (44,000lbs) of free-fall weapons or a launcher for nuclear missiles - are understood to have approached the UK 'from the north', according to sources. The incident then developed at around 28,000ft off the east coast of Scotland. At their closest the Russian aircraft were within 30 nautical miles (34.5 miles) of the UK's sovereign … [Read more...] about Dramatic moment RAF Typhoon fighter jets intercept Russian supersonic ‘Blackjack’ bombers flying towards UK
The United Arab Emirates has claimed Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain. The allegations have been denied by Qatar, and the UAE’s two major airlines have declined to comment. The claim could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations which have been boycotting it for months, among them the UAE, home to the world’s busiest international airport. It follows two complaints by Qatar to the United Nations about Emirati military aircraft allegedly violating its international airspace amid the diplomatic crisis. The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency made the claim on Monday, citing the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority. “The GCAA received a message from one of the UAE’s national carriers on Monday morning that one of its aircraft on a flight to Manama on a normal route had been intercepted by Qatari fighters,” the report said. “The flight … [Read more...] about Qatar fighter jets ‘intercepted two UAE airliners’
Home / News / Dundee by Reporter January 15, 2018, 11:31 am Updated: January 15, 2018, 11:44 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter RAF fighter jets were travelling towards Dundee this morning to intercept Russian plans off the Scottish coast. Two Typhoon fighters took off from RAF Lossiemouth just before 9.30am in response to Russian planes approaching UK airspace. The type of Russian plane has not yet been been confirmed as the operation is “ongoing”. #QRA Typhoon out from RAF Lossiemouth 🇬🇧 Royal Air Forcepic.twitter.com/ELDVkzVDeV — CivMilAir ✈ (@CivMilAir) January 15, 2018 Voyager & Typhoon heading south… ZZ334 still on a NATO #QRA squawk pic.twitter.com/rV1YyfUZTa — CivMilAir ✈ (@CivMilAir) January 15, 2018 A Voyager — used to refuel jets in mid-air — was deployed from RAF Brize Norton and scoured the north coast near John O’ Groats. The fleet … [Read more...] about RAF fighter jets head towards Dundee in ongoing operation to intercept Russian planes
RAF Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace this morning. They took off from RAF Lossiemouth, off the coast of Scotland, at 9.30am - and the situation is understood to be ongoing. The RAF refused to disclose any further details for operational reasons but radar images appear to suggest that two Typhoon jets are accompanied by an RAF Voyager plane from RAF Brize Norton which can provide air-to-air refuelling capabilities. The type of Russian planes involved is unknown but the incident appears to be currently be taking place at around 28,000ft off the east coast of Scotland. French and Belgian air forces are also understood to also have been scrambled. A spokesman said: “We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled this morning, this is a live operation and therefore we will not be providing any additional information until the mission is complete.” The encroachment into UK airspace is … [Read more...] about RAF Typhoon fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace