NATO jets in Baltics scrambled twice last week over Russian military aircraft

F-15C Eagles, Airmen and associated equipment from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, U.K., to support the next NATO Baltic Air Policing rotation at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania. On 30 August 2017

VILNIUS, Oct 02 (LETA–BNS) – NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled twice last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

The Alliance’s jets took off last Monday to intercept a Tu-134 plane flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a flight plan, with its on-board transponder switched on and in radio contact with the air traffic control centre.

An Il-76 plane was intercepted on Tuesday on its way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The aircraft had a flight plan and kept radio contact with air traffic controllers, but its on-board transponder was off.


3 thoughts on “NATO jets in Baltics scrambled twice last week over Russian military aircraft”

    1. It’s one big game of cat and mouse. We do it to keep each other on our toes. The only really legal way to do it without flouting national airspace laws is to take intercepts into international airspace.

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