Hungary's JAS-39 Gripen fighter-jets serving in the NATO Baltic air policing mission were scrambled from the Lithuanian Aviation Base in Šiauliai on Tuesday to identify and accompany two Russian war planes.
NATO base in Šiauliai
© A.Rapševičiaus nuotr.

The Su-27 fighter-jet and An-12 transport airplane were flying in international airspace above the Baltic Sea, the Defence Ministry confirmed to BNS on Wednesday. Both of them had pre-filed flight plans, maintained contact with flight controllers, the An-12 had its automatic transponder on, while Su-27 had its off.

The NATO air policing mission to guard the Baltic skies is conducted from aviation bases in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, and Amari, Estonia. Four German Eurofighter Typhoon are stationed in the Estonian base.

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