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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 7 – 13, 2017

2017.08.14
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On August 7–13 fighter aircraft deployed to conduct the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international air space over the Baltic Sea.

 

On August 7 NATO fighter intercepted two Su-27s flying from Kaliningrad to the mainland of the Russian Federation. The onboard transponders of the aircraft were switched off, the crews did not maintain radio contact with air traffic control and did not have flight plans. Also, a Tu-134 was intercepted during the same scramble. The aircraft was flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with onboard transponder on, according to a flight plan, the crew kept radio contact with air traffic control centres.

 

On August 8 NATO fighter jets were scrambled twice to identify and escort: first, a Tu-134 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia, and two Su-27s flying from and back to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Tu-134 kept radio contact with regional air traffic control, had a flight plan, its onboard transponder was on. The SU-27s had no flight plans, did not used onboard transponders and did not maintain radio contact. The second scrambled yielded interception of an An-26 on its way from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad. Its onboard transponder was off, the crew had a flight plan and kept radio contact with the air traffic control centre.

 

On August 9 NATO fighter aircraft intercepted two An-26s flying from the mainland f the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad. Both aircraft had flights plans and kept radio contact, neither had onboard transponder on. Two more Su-27s were intercepted on the same scramble. The aircraft flew from and back to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea with switched off onboard transponders, without flight plans, without keeping radio contact.

 

On August 10 NATO fighters were scrambled three times. First, one Tu-154 and two Su-27s were intercepted flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad. Then, one Tu-154 and two Su-27s were intercepted flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. And NATO fighters were scrambled the third time to intercept one Tu-134 on its way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia, and two Su-27s flying from and an back to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Both Tu-154 and Tu-134 used onboard transponders, kept radio contact and had flight plans. The Su-27s complied with neither of the requirements.

 

On August 11 NATO fighter aircraft intercepted and An-26 flying in international airspace from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. Its onboard transponder was off, the crew kept radio contact with air traffic control centre and had a flight plan.

 

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