The RAF have scrambled a plane to Scotland after reports emerged that a Russian submarine has been sighted in the area.
The Royal Navy Frigate and a submarine have ben deployed to the Scottish coast along with Canadian and French Maritime patrol aircraft to search for the Russian submarine.
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BBC News reports:
The Telegraph reports the French plane has searched for the submarine for at least 10 days.
The RAF currently has no maritime patrol aircraft of its own.
But according to the BBC’s defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, this lack of patrol aircraft is expected to be addressed in Monday’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.
The submarine was detected north of Scotland. The Ministry of Defence did not confirm it was looking for a foreign submarine.
“We can confirm that allied maritime patrol aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth for a limited period are conducting activity with the Royal Navy,” a statement said.
“We do not discuss the detail of maritime operations.”
There have been previous concerns that Russia could be developing plans to have submarines sever key internet communications during future wars, following a spike in its naval activity near the locations of undersea cables.