Air-policing fighter-jets scrambled from Lithuania once last week over Russian warplane

F-15 fighter jet

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.

Source: BNS
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