RAF fighter jets have been launched against aircraft "approaching the UK area of interest" for the second day in a row.

As reported by Sky News, The Typhoon fighters were again dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray with support from a Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

An RAF spokesperson said: "Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighters from RAF Lossiemouth, supported by a Voyager Tanker from RAF Brize Norton, have been launched against aircraft approaching the UK area of interest.

Bournemouth Echo: A RAF Typhoon fighter jet (PA)A RAF Typhoon fighter jet (PA)

"We will not be offering any additional detail on this ongoing operation until complete."

This news comes after the RAF were called out to escort four Russian Bear aircraft yesterday (Wednesday, February 2).

In a statement given on that incident the RAF said: "The Russian aircraft types were two Tu-95 Bear H and two Tu-142 Bear F.

"Our Typhoon fighters escorted the Russian aircraft out of the UK's area of interest. At no time did the Russian bombers enter UK sovereign airspace."

The RAF routinely intercepts aircraft approaching what it describes as the “UK area of interest.”

In November 2021, jets were launched in response to Russian TU-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.

Officials said at the time the fighters escorted the Russian aircraft out of the “area of interest”, and that the bombers did not enter UK airspace.