🚨 Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons were scrambled today from their temporary base at Leuchars Station in Fife.

✈️ This was in response to Russian military aircraft operating in international airspace, but within @NATO's Air Policing Area.

Here's what you need to know πŸ‘‡

🎯 Unidentified aircraft were tracked as they entered the northern @NATO Air Policing Area.

✈️ This was monitored by the Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany.

⏳ In the UK, Control & Reporting Centres at @RAFBoulmer & @RAFScampton prepared to scramble...

🚨 @Luftforsvaret, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, scrambled their Quick Reaction Alert F-16s to intercept and identify these aircraft.

πŸ” They were visually identified as two Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks - long-range, supersonic bombers.

✈️ The Russian Tu-160 Blackjacks continued to fly south towards UK airspace, and so #TeamLossie QRA Typhoons operating out of Leuchars Station in Fife were scrambled.

🚧 QRA has moved temporarily while resurfacing continues on the runway intersection at RAF Lossiemouth.

⛽️ A Voyager tanker from @RAFBrizeNorton was also scrambled. It happened to be ZZ336, known as Vespina, which features the distinctive Union Jack livery.

✈️ This aircraft is used for VIP transport, but it can conduct air-to-air refuelling too - as demonstrated today!

✈️ As our Typhoons routed towards the Tu-160 Blackjacks, they turned north away from the UK.

πŸ’ͺ QRA Typhoons remained in the area to deter any further activity near UK airspace.

🚨 We always take every potential airborne threat to UK airspace very seriously.

πŸ“‘ Airborne surveillance was provided by an E-3A Sentry from the @E3AComponent out of Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany.

πŸ‘β€πŸ—¨ It was re-tasked to use the powerful radar fixed onto the fuselage to monitor the Russian military activity within @NATO's area of interest.

🌍 The incident has now concluded and all aircraft are ready for their next scramble.

β˜‘οΈ It was a successful mission for all involved, both within the @RoyalAirForce and within the @NATO alliance.

πŸ’ͺ We are always ready in our enduring mission of #SecuringTheSkies.

As always, ask us anything about #QRA and #SecuringTheSkies!

Keep in mind that much of the operation is sensitive, so we won't answer everything...

Clarification: this image of a Tu-160 is stock from a previous scramble and has been used for illustrative purposes.

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17 Sep
3️⃣ Quick Reaction Alert scrambles over the space of 6️⃣ days... it's been busy for #TeamLossie πŸ’ͺ

But we're always ready to scramble at a moment's notice, #SecuringTheSkies of the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Today we intercepted & shadowed 2 Russian Tu-142 Bear Fs.

Here's the lowdown πŸ‘‡
πŸ“‘ Unidentified aircraft were detected by @NATO as they operated within the Alliance's area of interest.

🏝️ This includes sovereign airspace (over a country's land mass and 12 nautical miles off their coastline) and the international airspace around it.

✈ The aircraft approached the UK's Flight Information Region - airspace managed by @NATS.

⚠️ While this is international airspace, aircraft are expected to speak with Air Traffic Controllers. Not doing so is hazardous for other air users such as civilian airliners.

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#TeamLossie has had a busy Saturday!

🚨 We were scrambled earlier this morning as two Russian Tu-142 Bear F aircraft approached UK airspace. It was a rather unusual scramble for the @RoyalAirForce, and we're going to tell you all about it...

1/ #QRA
❓ What happened?

πŸ“‘ The Control & Reporting Centre at @RAFBoulmer was alerted to two tracks heading towards UK airspace. The team of surveillance operators were tracking the two aircraft at all times alongside their @NATO counterparts.

2/ #QRA
All of this activity was coordinated through the @NATO Combined Air Operations Centre (known as a CAOC) in Uedem, Germany. They are also monitored by the National Air and Space Operations Centre (known as the NASOC) at

3/ #QRA
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Yesterday #TeamLossie joined their colleagues from:

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ @RoyalAirForce
πŸ‡³πŸ‡± @Kon_Luchtmacht
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ @USAirForce

for a large scale training event known as Exercise Point Blank.

Here's what you need to know in your #PhoonFriday #MegaThread!

1/ #PointBlank
πŸ“… Exercise #PointBlank occurs several times a year, and enables the @RoyalAirForce and our @NATO allies to practise complex war-fighting scenarios involving more than 50 aircraft.

2/ #PointBlank
πŸŸ₯ #TeamLossie's role in this iteration of #PointBlank was to act as enemy forces, known as playing "Red Air".

We simulated the threats, tactics, and procedures of potential adversaries to create a realistic scenario for "Blue Air" - friendly forces.

3/ #PointBlank
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5 Jun
Have you ever wondered how we know when unidentified aircraft approach UK airspace?

This week's #PhoonFriday is looking at some of the smaller @RoyalAirForce units dotted around Scotland that directly support our Quick Reaction Alert mission.

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Did you know there are three Remote Radar Heads in Scotland?

πŸ“‘ Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides
πŸ“‘ Saxa Vord, in the Shetlands
πŸ“‘ Buchan, on the Aberdeenshire coast

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In simplistic terms, radars send energy into the skies.

If the energy hits an object in the air such as an aircraft, it 'bounces back'.

The positions of all objects in the air are then plotted automatically and fed back into an overall picture for the UK.

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16 May
#OnThisDay in 1943, 617 Squadron departed @RAFScampton on Operation Chastise - an audacious bombing raid that is still talked about to this day.

Here's your Saturday #MegaThread to explain it all πŸ‘‡

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Before we begin, Operation Chastise in numbers:

πŸ•°οΈ Departed @RAFScampton @ 21:28, 16 May 1943
⚑ Primary targets: 3 dams in the Ruhr valley
✈️ 19 Avro Lancaster bombers
πŸ‘¨ 133 airmen from πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Britain, πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada, πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia, πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ New Zealand, πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States

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The plan was to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley.

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13 May
Exercise POINT BLANK concluded yesterday.
Here's a megathread with what you need to know πŸ‘‡

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This was the 2nd Ex PB this year involving 50 different aircraft:

From the @RoyalAirForce:

βœ…@Eurofighter Typhoons from #TeamLossie & @RAFConingsby
βœ…@thef35 F-35Bs from @RAF_Marham
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#ExPointBlank 2/7
From the @RoyalAirForce & @NATO:

βœ…Airborne Surveillance & Tactical Control from the E-3D at @RAFWaddington & E-3A from @E3AComponent
βœ…Ground based Surveillance & Tactical Control from @RAFBoulmer (CRC Hotspur) and @RAFScampton (CRC Blackdog).

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