NATO fighter-jets scrambled from Lithuania twice last week over Russian warplanes
NATO fighter-jets conducting the air-policing mission in the Baltic states were last week scrambled twice to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.
On Thursday, NATO fighters intercepted one An-12 flying from the mainland Russia to the Russian Kaliningrad region, which was flying according to a pre-filed flight plan and kept radio contact with the regional air traffic control center but its onboard transponder was not switched on.
Later on that day, fighter-jets identified and escorted a Su-34 flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. It did not have a flight and did not use onboard transponder but maintained radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.
The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.