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A Cornwall resident, Sue Bamford, 45, told the Guardian that one of the Russian airplanes had definitely entered British airspace as she had seen it flying inland while taking a driving lesson. The Ministry of Defence said the Russian warplanes had not entered British airspace on any of the occasions when RAF planes had been scrambled.
The thing I'm asking myself is why? Why would they not do their usual 'fly around the edge' thing and decide to enter UK airspace (if true)?
When will you get tired of hitting the same threads over and over again with the same nonsense every time and nothing to back up your claims?
originally posted by: Rocker2013
a reply to: ukmicky1980
This was a common tactic throughout the cold war, as ScientificRailgun says, to test defenses. It's hard to know whether that's all it is in this case, but I doubt it. It seems to be an attempt to threaten, as Russia has been doing this to other European nations too.
I very much doubt that there was any incursion into UK airspace, as we have protocols to respond with force if this happens, and even though we're not at war, Russia is regarded as a threat to our security.
I'm sure if this had happened as the witness suggests, we would have forced them out, then called the Russian ambassador and released a public statement warning than any future incursion would lead to military action against the threat.