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RAF and navy goad Russia with ‘ferret missions’

  • September 20, 2020

RAF fighters and Royal Navy warships have dramatically increased patrols around Russia’s borders and coasts in an unprecedented operation to put Moscow’s military on the defensive.

Twenty-eight RAF aircraft have been sent to Russia’s borders on the Black Sea and off the coast of the Kola peninsula in the Arctic since the last week of August, involving formations of as many as five British aircraft at a time. Typhoon fighters and Voyager refuelling tankers, as well as Sentinel, RC-135 and Sentry E-3 Awacs (airborne early warning and control system) spy planes, have joined the long-range missions.

We reported on the first flights by the Typhoons over Ukraine a fortnight ago, but defence sources and data from aircraft-tracking websites confirmed that the patrols over the Black

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