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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on September 18-24 , 2017

2017.09.25
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On September 18-24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Baltic Air Policing Mission carried out 9 alert scrambles to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

 

On September 19 NATO fighter aircraft were scrambled twice. At first an IL-20 was intercepted on its way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The crew maintained radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre and had a flight plan but were not using onboard transponder. Then – four Su-34s and one Su-30SM were intercepted. The aircraft flew from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia without flight plans, without using onboard transponders and without keeping radio contact.

 

On September 20 NATO fighters were scrambled four times. The first scramble addressed two Tu-22s flying from mainland Russia towards Denmark, and two Su-27s that flew from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad escorting them. Then NATO fighters scrambled to intercept the same group of two Tu-22s and two Su-27s along with two more Su-27s that flew from Kaliningrad to meet the Tu-22s. The third scramble was triggered by two Tu-22s flying from Denmark to mainland Russia and two Su-27s that flew to meet them from the mainland of the Russian Federation. The last scramble on that day was conducted to intercept two Su-27s flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. None of the aircraft had flight plans, kept radio contact or used onboard transponders.

 

On September 21 NATO fighter aircraft were scrambled twice. First an IL-22Airborne Command Post aircraft was intercepted flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia according to a flight plan, maintaining radio contact, without using onboard transponder; also, two Su-27s flying over the Baltic Sea from Kaliningrad and back without flight plans, transponders or maintaining radio contact. Then an Il-18 was intercepted on its way from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia, flying according to a flight plan, without using onboard transponder or maintaining radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre.

 

On September 22 NATO fighter jets were scrambled to intercept one A-50 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia (with a flight plan, not using onboard transponder, keeping radio contact with air traffic control), and one Tu-134 which flew from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia without a flight plan, with switched on onboard transponder and maintaining radio contact.

 

Related image, credit: Filip Modrzejewski

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