Russian fighters scrambled 14 times in past week to intercept foreign aircraft — ministry

MiG-31 Foxhound on full-afterburner.

TASS Russian News Agency, 23 June 2017

MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. Fighter jets of Russia’s Aerospace Forces were scrambled 14 times during the past week to intercept foreign reconnaissance aircraft near Russian borders, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its weekly infographics published by the Krasnaya Zvezda paper on Friday.

A week ago, the Defense Ministry reported 18 such incidents.

According to the report, a total of 23 reconnaissance flights were carried out in the vicinity of the Russian border last week by aircraft of seven countries. The bulk of those flights was performed by United States’ RC-135 jets and RQ-4B Global Hawk drones, which approached Russian borders 10 times in total.

On Wednesday, June 21, Sweden summoned Russia’s ambassador after a Russian Su-27 fighter jet approached a Swedish reconnaissance plane in international airspace above the Baltic Sea to a distance which the Swedish Defense Ministry described as “extremely narrow.”

On Thursday, June 22, Poland’s F-16 Viper fighter intercepted a Russian Tu-154 VIP aircraft carrying Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The Polish fighter jet had to retreat after a fully armed Su-27 Flanker jet zoomed in and displayed its weapons.



4 thoughts on “Russian fighters scrambled 14 times in past week to intercept foreign aircraft — ministry”

    1. I’ll like to create a balance where I can. I saw a documentary recently called ‘Putin’s Angels’ about a biker gang in the Ukraine. The documentary ended up in Moscow. The consensus when asked was universal. All Russian’s asked just said ‘we want to be left alone’, ‘we don’t want war with the west, but we have to protect ourselves by placing weapons on our borders’. I have to say, that given the attitude of land grabbing (by getting ex-soviet nations to join the EU, and then presumably to eventually join an EU army), made me very sympathetic towards the Russians. Thanks Andy.

      1. I don’t think anyone wants a war. These dangerous games are being played out by those in power. Putin, Merkel nor Trump are making themselves very popular at the moment using Europe as a pawn in their power struggle over each other. They have got to be very careful indeed.

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