British and American Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled over the south coast of England to intercept two Russian bombers.
The aircraft were despatched from two RAF bases, Lossiemouth and Coningsby, and flew alongside the bombers over the English Channel, the Southern Daily Echo reports.
The TU-95 Bear aircraft, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, deviated from their normal course, sparking the response from the US and UK military.
A spokesman for the MoD said: “Typhoons were launched after the Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace.
“The Russian planes were escorted until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did they cross into UK airspace.”