Two Tu-95 Bear H Russian bombers were identified and intercepted by F-16s from Portugal. © Wikicommons
The Independent: Nato intercepting highest number of Russian military planes since the Cold War as 780 incidents recorded in 2016
Figures revealed after Russian planes approach Alaskan coast four nights in a row
More Nato fighter jets are being scrambled to monitor and intercept Russian planes than at any time since the end of the Cold War as tensions continue to rise.
Around 780 deployments were made from European military bases last year in response to Russian aircraft, compared to just 410 in 2015.
British planes have been scrambled in numerous operations involving the RAF, which has pilots in the Quick Reaction Alert force ready to launch 24-hours a day.
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Update: NATO Fighter Jets Scrambled About 780 Times in 2016 to Observe Russian Aircraft (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: Russia has been saying (and doing) the same thing for months now .... Russian Aircraft Intercept NATO Planes (Military.com).