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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from February 15 to 21, 2016


From February 15 till 21 fighter jets conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States where scrambled twice to identify and intercept aircraft of foreign countries in international airspace above the Baltic Sea.


On February 17 NATO fighter jets scrambled from Šiauliai Airbase to intercept a Russian IL-20 military transport aircraft heading for Kaliningrad from the mainland of the Russian Federation in accordance to a pre-filed flight plan, with its on-board transponder off, and maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres. On February 19 the same aircraft was escorted by NATO fighter jets operated from Amari Airbase (Estonia) on its way back to mainland Russia from Kaliningrad.


Credit: Manfred Reudenbach

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