Air-policing fighter-jets scrambled from Lithuania once last week over Russian warplane
NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission were last week scrambled once from Lithuania to intercept Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Last Friday, the fighter-jets intercepted a Tu-134 passenger airliner flying from the Russian Kaliningrad region to mainland Russia above the Baltic Sea.
It had pre-filed a flight plan, maintained communication with the flight control center but had its onboard transponder turned off.
The NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.