Jets from four countries intercept supersonic Russian bombers known as ‘White Swans’ over the Atlantic
Aircraft from four different countries scrambled two Russian fighter jets that skirted their airspace in late September, according to a recent report by French defence officials.
Norway, the U.K., France and Spain scrambled the jets on Sept. 22. The Russian bombers’ route took them along the coast of Norway to northern Spain, skirting Ireland, Brittany and the Iberian Coast.
The Blackjack bombers, also known as “White Swans,” are supersonic, long-range bombers that were designed in the Soviet Union.
The BBC reports Iceland complained to Russia that the Blackjack bombers had flown too close to civil airliners, also on Sept. 22.
The foreign ministry said the Russian aircraft flew roughly 1,800 to 2,700 metres below a plane flying from Reykjavik to Stockholm.
The interception comes at a time of increased tensions between Russia and Western nations.
Earlier in September, a Russian fighter came “extremely close” to a U.S. Navy jet that was intercepting the aircraft over the Black Sea. In February, British aircraft scrambled Blackjack bombers that neared the U.K. airspace.