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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 18 May 2015 to 24 May 2015


On May 18 through 24 fighter jets conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled twice to intercept Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad Oblast.


On May 18 NATO fighter jets identified and escorted an An-72 Russian transport aircraft which had not pre-filed a flight plan, was using its onboard transponder and maintained radio communications with air traffic control centre.


On May 21 NATO fighters jets intercepted an IL-76 Russian military aircraft flying in accordance to a pre-filed flight plan, maintained radio communication with air traffic control centre, and used its onboard transponder, and two TU-22 bombers of the Russian Federation which were flying with switched off onboard transponders, did not pre-filed flight plan in advance, and did maintain radio communication with air traffic control centre.


Photo credit: Manfred Reudenbach

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