Last week, NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission were scrambled five times to intercept Russian military aircraft flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence said on Monday.
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On August 31, NATO fighter jets identified and intercepted two Su-27 fighters and two Tu-22 strategic bombers of the Russian Federation, all flying according to pre-filed flight plans, but without using their on-board transponders and maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centres, and one An-26 transport aircraft flying according to a pre-filed flight plan, with its onboard transponder switched off and maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centres.

On September 4, NATO fighter jets identified and intercepted a Russian Il-38 maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft flying without having pre-filed a flight plan, without using its onboard transponder and not maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centres.

On September 5, NATO air policing fighters identified and intercepted a Russian Il-78 air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft which was flying according to a pre-filed flight plan, with its onboard transponder switched off and maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres.

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