NATO was forced to launch F-35 stealth jets to intercept Vladimir Putin’s supersonic strategic bombers flying close to the UK.
Two Tupolev Tu-160s – known as White Swans – a pair of MiG-31s and two Il-78 Midas were seen in flight over the Norweigan Sea.
The jets flew close to northern Britain during exercises that lasted more than 13 hours as Russia attempted to flex the Kremlin’s nuclear muscle.
The routing involved flying to the north of the Shetland Islands and also close to Norway.
Nato Air Command tweeted: “F-35 scrambled yesterday from Evenes, Norway due to Russian aircraft lying close to #NATO Allied airspace.
“The 5th Gen fighters identified 2 Tu-160 Bombers, 2 MiG-31 & 2 Il-78 Midas.
“The Aircraft returned to Russia shorty after meeting the F-35s.”
They also went over the Black Sea – part of the war zone of Putin’s conflict in Ukraine – and the Barents Sea.
The Tu-160 strategic missile-carrying bombers and Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic bombers are a key…
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