Fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO's air policing mission were scrambled eight times last week to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea, according to data from the Ministry of National Defense.
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On July 30, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted an AN-26 flying from Kaliningrad oblast to the mainland of the Russian Federation without using the on board transponder, according to a pre-filed flight plan, and maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre.

On July 30, NATO fighters intercepted an AN-26 flying from Kaliningrad to the mainland of the Russian Federation without using the onboard transponder, according to a pre-filed flight plan, and maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre.

On July 31, NATO fighters intercepted an AN-56 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia without the flight plan and without using the onboard transponder, keeping radio contact with the regional air traffic control centre.

On July 31, NATO fighters intercepted a group of five SU-30SM flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad. None had flight plans, one aircraft kept the onboard transponder on and maintained radio communication.

On August 1, NATO fighter jets intercepted an IL-38 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder on, without the flight plan, without maintaining the radio contact.

On August 1, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted an IL-38 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder on but without keeping the radio contact, without the flight plan.

On August 2, NATO fighters intercepted IL-38 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad without the flight plan, without keeping the radio contact, with its onboard transponder switched on.

On August 3, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted an IL-76 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder on, without keeping radio contact, without the flight plan.

NATO's air policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

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