Nato scrambles fighter aircraft after Russian aircraft flew over Baltic Sea
Nato fighter aircraft conducting the Baltic Air Policing mission were scrambled seven times from 28 August to 3 September, after Russian military aircraft flew near international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
An II-20 was intercepted by Nato aircraft on 28 August whilst flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.
It maintained radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre without using its on-board transponder.
The Nato aircraft identified and escorted a Tu-134 on 29 August, which was maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre and with its on-board transponder.
Two Su-24s from Kaliningrad flew over the Baltic Sea with their on-board transponders turned off.
An A-50, with a switched-off on-board transponder, flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad, was intercepted on 30 August.
Nato fighters were scrambled twice on 31 August alone in order to scramble three An-26s, of which two were on their way to Kaliningrad from Russia.
The third An-26 flew from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a flight plan.
On 1 September, an An-26 flying from Kaliningrad to the mainland of the Russian Federation was intercepted, while an IL-76 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia was identified and escorted by Nato fighter jets on 3 September.
The Nato air policing peacetime collective defence mission is aimed at protecting the Nato Alliance Member’s airspace and is carried out under the Nato Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS).
Image: Nato fighter aircraft completed interceptions near the Baltic States’ borders. Photo: courtesy of the Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania by Filip Modrzejewski.