Tensions between Russia and the UK have heightened after it was revealed that the Russian bomber intercepted by RAF fighter jets was carrying a nuclear missile designed to destroy Trident submarines.
The TU-95 aircraft were spotted on long range radar flying down from Scotland towards the English Channel, where they were close to entering British airspace, the Sunday Express report.
Ministry of Defence sources revealed the ‘seek and find’ nuclear warhead missile which can destroy the British Vanguard submarines which form the country’s nuclear deterrent.
It led to the incident being described as “yet another in a series of deliberately provocative” actions by Vladimir Putin and shows that the Russians have put NATO countries in the list of adversaries.
The Prime Minister and Defence Secretary were informed of the development after a Norwegian listening post intercepted conversations from the Russian bomber’s cockpit which confirmed the bomber’s nuclear payload.
The missile was not armed, but it is shows the Russians taking the next provocative step in their increasingly chilly relations with the West.
A senior RAF source said, “We downloaded conversations from the crew of one plane who used a special word which meant the would-be attack was a training exercise.
“They know that we can pick up their transmissions and it would only be of concern if the often used release weapon order was changed.
“We also knew from another source that one of the aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon long before it came anywhere near UK airspace.”
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