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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on May 22-28, 2017

2017.05.29
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On May 22-28 NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft in the Baltic states conducted six alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

 

On May 22 NATO aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled to intercept one An-26 of the Russian Federation flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic sea. The aircraft flew according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintained radio contact, its onboard transponder was off.

 

On May 22 the NATO fighter aircraft intercepted another An-26 of the Russian Federation flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The submitted flight plan did not correspond to the actual flight, the crew kept radio contact but the onboard transponder was switched off.

 

On May 23 NATO fighter jets intercepted one Tu-134 of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Heading for Kaliningrad and away from mainland Russia, the crew had the onboard transponder switched off. Radio contact was maintained but the flight plan was submitted behind time.

 

On May 25 NATO fighters intercepted one Il-20 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The IL-20 did not have a flight plan, did not maintain radio contact, and did not use the onboard transponder.

 

On May 26 NATO air policing fighter aircraft intercepted one Tu-134 and two Su-27 of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Tu-134 was flying from Kaliningrad to the mainland of the Russian Federation according to a flight plan, with switched-on onboard transponder and keeping radio contact, while the two Su-27 escorted it till the Gulf of Finland and then returned to Kaliningrad over international waters, without a flight plan, with onboard transponders off, and without maintaining radio communication.

 

On May 28 NATO aircraft intercepted one An-72 and two Su-27s flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international waters over the Baltic Sea. The An-72 was flying according to a pre-filed flight plan, kept radio contact and used the onboard transponder. The Su-27 complied with none of these requirements.

 

Related image, credit:F ilip Modrzejewski

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