RAF scrambles Typhoon from NATO base bordering Russia to intercept Putins jets

The RAF scrambled a Typhoon jet to an air base in Estonia today after a Russian aircraft was found flying close to the country’s airspace.

In a statement posted to Twitter this evening, the air force said the jets were sent on a NATO mission to Amari Air Base in Harjumaa following reports of the aircraft. 

Representatives said they identified a Soviet-era plane flying in the area during the Baltic Air Policing Mission.

The post said that the plane intercepted by RAF pilots was an Antonov An-26 “CURL”, a twin-engined turboprop transport aircraft used for both civilian and military purposes. 

British planes have resided in Estonia since early April this year, when the RAF posted units to the Amari base as part of a planned NATO rotation.

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