President Putin’s doomsday jet was intercepted by RAF fighter jets on a sortie over the Baltic Sea today.
Typhoon warplanes shadowed the nuclear command and control plane as it flew in and out of the city of Kaliningrad near the NATO border.
The modified Tupulev 214 was built for Vladimir Putin to issue nuclear orders during World War III.
British fighter-bombers fled Estonia, where they were stationed as part of a NATO mission.
They escorted the Doomsday jet and two Su-30 fighters through international airspace as it flew in and out of the Russian exclave.
NATO said it has seen an increase in VIP flights to and from Kaliningrad, which borders allies Poland and Lithuania.
It is not known who was on board.
A source said: “The Russians only use this plane for important people.
“It is possible that Putin or one of his top lieutenants could have been on board.”
The doomsday came as NATO leaders were preparing to travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, for a summit next week.
Russia claimed to have foiled a Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow that prompted authorities to briefly close one of the city’s international airports.
The daring kamikaze drone strike, believed to have been unleashed by Ukraine, targeted the Kubinka air base, some 48 miles southwest of the Kremlin.
Putin’s doomsday plane
In the “Flying Kremlin”
The menacing plane was designed to protect President Putin in the event of a third world war.
Should nuclear war break out, the giant plane is designed to act as a control and command post in the air – a Kremlin in the sky – so Vlad can continue to rule Russia.
The Soviet-era aircraft is the jewel of Putin’s fleet and is set to be flanked by two MiG-29 fighter jets and the Tu-96 “Bear” and Tu-160 “White Swan” bombers.
The Tu-214 SR has a special antenna on top of its fuselage to pick up intelligence signals and send secret messages.
It is windowless except for the cockpit and features an advanced communications suite.
Two pods are housed under the wings, which serve as an additional power supply for the bulk of the onboard equipment.