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Scramble! RAF warplanes are intercepting Russian nuclear bombers at least once a month

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Ian Drury
UK Daily Mail
May 15, 2010

Streaking across the sky in front of a rising sun, the huge Russian jet heads towards Britain.

Capable of carrying nuclear weapons at supersonic speeds, it is a potential threat the RAF must tackle – and fast.

Tornado fighters are scrambled. They intercept the Blackjack bomber and shadow it until the Russian pilots turn for home.

But this is no isolated incident. Astonishingly, such high-stakes games of cat and mouse are being played out in the skies off Britain at least once a month.

State-of-the-art British warplanes have taken to the air 64 times since 2006 to head off Russian aircraft, figures reveal.

They are being scrambled to repel the 1,380mph Tu160 Blackjack and Tu95 Bear bombers.

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