French scramble fighters business jet

A Chinese military aircraft was spotted entering South Korea’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 27 February, prompting the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) to scramble several fighter jets, including Boeing F-15Ks and Lockheed Martin KF-16s, according to South Korean media reports.

The Chinese jet, which is believed to have been a reconnaissance aircraft, entered the ADIZ at 0934 h local time and flew 30 n miles northwest of Ulleung Island (also known as Ulleungdo) in the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) before flying out of the ADIZ at about 1401 h, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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The UK, Norway, France and Spain all intercepted the TU-160 planes as they made a daring flight from Norway to northern Spain and back.

During the flight, the bombers swooped across the top of Scotland, before skirting the west coast of Ireland, completing their route near northern Spain.

Spanish media has reported it is the furthest south such an operation has had to take place - while the frequency of Russian bombers being intercepted by Nato aircraft has significantly increased.

The Typhoons were scrambled from bases at Lossiemouth in Scotland and Coningsby in eastern England on Wednesday after the Russian bombers were detected flying over the Channel to the south of the UK, the MoD said.

" The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest, ” the ministry’s Thursday statement said, Reuters reported. “ At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace ."

Later on Thursday, Britain said its civil aviation had been disrupted after Russian military planes flying near UK airspace forced authorities to divert civil aircraft. The country has summoned the Russian ambassador to explain why the long-range bombers flew over the English Channel, Reuters reported.

" We summoned the Russian ambassador to account for the incident which disrupted civil aviation ," a Foreign Office spokeswoman told the news agency.

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