NATO jets scrambled for 1st time from Lithuania over Russian warplane

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NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission were last week scrambled from Lithuania for the first time in 2018 over Russian warplanes flying in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea.

On Jan. 25, NATO fighters were scrambled to intercept one SU-34 of the Russian Federation on its way from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad region. The crew did not have a pre-filed flight plan, did not use onboard transponder and did not maintain radio contact with the regional air traffic control center, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

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

Source: BNS
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