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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 28 – September 3, 2017

2017.09.04
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In the period from August 28 to September 3 fighter aircraft deployed to the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled seven times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

 

On August 28 the NATO fighters intercepted an Il-20 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre but without using its onboard transponder.

 

On August 29 NATO fighter aircraft identified and escorted a Tu-134 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with a flight plan, maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre and with switched on onboard transponder. Also, two Su-24s that took off from Kaliningrad flew over the Baltic Sea and then came back. Their onboard transponders were off, there was no flight plans and radio contact with regional air traffic control was not kept.

 

On August 30 NATO fighter aircraft intercepted an A-50 flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad according to a flight plan, keeping radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre, with switched-off onboard transponder.

 

On August 31 NATO fighters were scrambled twice. By the first scramble three An-26s of the Russian Federation were intercepted: two of them on their way from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with flight plans, maintaining radio contact, without using onboard transponders. The third An-26 flew from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a flight plan, maintaining radio contact and with its onboard transponder on.

 

On September 1 the NATO fighter jets intercepted an An - 26 flying from Kaliningrad to the mainland of the Russian Federation according to a pre-filed flight plan and maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre but without using its onboard transponder.

 

On September 3 the NATO fighter aircraft identified and escorted an IL-76 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre but without using its onboard transponder.

 

Related image, credit: Filip Modrzejewski

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