NATO air policing fighters stationed in the Baltic States performed five scrambles last week to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has reported.
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On April 26, the NATO jets were scrambled from Šiauliai Airbase to identify and escort a Su-27 military aircraft of the Russian Federation that had taken off from the Russian Kaliningrad region.

The aircraft was flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea without a pre-filed flight plan, without using the onboard transponder, and without maintaining communication with air traffic control centres.

On April 27, the NATO jets took off from Šiauliai Airbase to intercept a Russian military aircraft en route from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The NATO fighter jets identified an Il-38 of the Russian Federation flying according to a pre-filed plan, maintaining communication with air traffic control centres, but with onboard transponder switched off.

On April 28, NATO air-policing fighter aircraft were scrambled from Šiauliai twice to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. NATO fighters identified and escorted a Russian IL-18 flying from Kaliningrad without a pre-filed flight plan, not using its onboard transponder, and not maintaining communication with air traffic control centres. Later, NATO aircraft were scrambled once again to intercept an IL-38 of the Russian Federation. The aircraft was flying towards the mainland Russian Federation from Kaliningrad without a flight plan and without using its onboard transponder but maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres.

On April 29, NATO air-policing fighter aircraft were scrambled to identify and escort a military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea away from Kaliningrad towards mainland Russia. NATO fighters identified an IL-20 of the Russian Federation that maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres and was flying in accordance with a pre-filed flight but had its onboard transponder switched off.

The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

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