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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 20 to 26 July

2015.07.27
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In the period from July 20 to 26 NATO air policing fighter jets guarding the Baltic airspace were scrambled seven times to intercept military aircraft of Russian Federation flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Fighters scrambled from the Air Bases in Šiauliai and Amari (Estonia).

 

During this period nine identified and escorted Russian military aircraft were flying without pre-fled flight plans, with their on-board transponders switched off, and maintained no radio communication: on July 20 – military transport aircraft IL-18, on July 24 – four front-line bombers SU-34 and four fighters MIG-31 were identified and escorted.

 

On July 21 NATO fighters escorted an IL-20 electronic reconnaissance aircraft flying in accordance with a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centre, but with its on-board transponder switched off, on July 25 fighters escorted military transport aircraft TU-134 flying without pre-fled flight plan, with its on-board transponder switched off, and maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centres.

 

Also in this period NATO fighters escorted nine military transport aircraft flying in accordance with a pre-filed flight plan, with on-board transponders switched on, and maintaining radio communication.

 

Photo credit: Manfred Reudenbach

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