VILNIUS, Sept 25 (LETA–BNS) – NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled nine times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
The biggest number of scrambles took place last Wednesday when the Alliance’s jets took off several times to intercept Tu-22 bombers and Su-27 fighter-jets. Officially, it was the final day of the Russia-Belarus military exercise Zapad 2017.
The Russian aircraft had no flight plans, did not maintain radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre and had their automatic transponders switched off.
According to the Lithuanian Defense Ministry, NATO’s fighters were scrambled daily on Tuesday through Friday.