NATO jets in Baltics scrambled once last week over Russian military aircraft
Monday, December 4, 2017
NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled once last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday.
The Alliance's jets on Nov. 29 intercepted an IL-76 transport plane flying according to a flight plan, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre and with its on-board transponder on.
The IL-76 was escorted by two Su-27 fighter-jets flying without flight plans, without maintaining radio communication with the air traffic controllers and with their on-board transponders switched off.
The intercepted aircraft were on their way from mainland Russia to the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad.
NATO's Baltic air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.