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flights by Russian long-range Bear bombers off Bournemouth and the Cornish coast were part of a strategy to probe UK defences.


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Civilian planes flying over British airspace are at risk from Russian jets playing a highly dangerous “game of chicken” in the skies, a former head of the armed forces has warned.


 


Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, a former chief of the defence staff, said recent flights by Russian long-range Bear bombers off Bournemouth and the Cornish coast were part of a strategy to probe UK defences.


 


And he warned that the new levels of activity posed a risk not just to the RAF planes sent to intercept them, but also to civilian air traffic. “They are becoming more aggressive,” he told Sky News. “These aircraft are not on these flights simply as joy rides. They are mission rehearsals.


 


“Just as they used to do in the Cold War, they are practising those profiles. They are testing us, they are testing our defences, they are testing our reactions and they are engaging to a degree in a game of chicken – and that’s very dangerous.


 


“We are seeing the possibility of mid-air collision, not between RAF and Russia aircraft, but between Russian aircraft and civilian aircraft increasing.”


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those planes are fitted with high tech **** im sure they would spot a commercial plane far enough away to not crash directly into it

Yes and no at the same time. they can spot/see them but they are also playing chicken with them as in getting close enough for the commercial plane pilot/s to react in a dangerous way causing a crash. if a commercial plane crashes into a Russian plane expect Russia to say that it was an attack. the UK can't do anything to Russia they dont have the fire power or man power   

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Yes and no at the same time. they can spot/see them but they are also playing chicken with them as in getting close enough for the commercial plane pilot/s to react in a dangerous way causing a crash. if a commercial plane crashes into a Russian plane expect Russia to say that it was an attack. the UK can't do anything to Russia they dont have the fire power or man power   

is see this more as western propoganda than anything like claiming putin is a paedo also and countless other attacks on russia, all part of the plan.

 

not saying russia isnt flying into international airspace where commerical flgihts are or that they arent telling us were they are but i highly doubt they are playing chicken with commercial planes in multi million dollars worth of expensive military aircaft

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