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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on February 26 – March 4, 2018

2018.03.05
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On February 26 – March 4 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled four times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

 

On February 26 NATO fighters intercepted one Il-20 flying through international airspace from the mainland to Kaliningrad oblast of the Russian Federation. The crew flew according to a pre-filed flight plan and kept radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre but the aircraft’s onboard transponder was off.

 

On February 27 NATO fighter aircraft intercepted one Il-20 and two Su-27s escorting it through international airspace from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. None had flight plans, none kept radio contact and all onboard transponders were switched off.

 

On March 1 NATO fighters intercepted in international airspace one Il-20 and two Su-27s escorting it from and back to Kaliningrad oblast. None in the group used onboard transponders or maintained radio communication and only Il-20 had a pre-filed flight plan.

 

On March 2 NATO fighter jets intercepted one Il-20 flying through international airspace from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The crew had a flight plan and kept radio contact but did not used onboard transponder.

 

Related image, credit: Filip Modrzejewski

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