: Lithuania reports five Russian aircraft intercepted by NATO in last week

09:06 May. 3, 2016

Lithuania reports five Russian aircraft intercepted by NATO in last week

Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters fly above the military operations area during a joint NATO military exercise west of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, March 24, 2016 (AP Photo)

NATO fighter jets were scrambled five times - Lithuania's Defence Ministry

NATO scrambled its fighter jets conducting the Air Policing Mission five times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea from April 25 to April 30, reports Lithuania's National Defence Ministry.

On April 26th, NATO Baltic Air Policing fighter jets were scrambled from Siauliai Airbase to identify and escort a Su-27 military aircraft of the Russian Federation that had taken off from Kaliningrad. The plane was flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea without having pre-filed a flight plan, as well as without using onboard transponder, providing no communication with air traffic control centres.

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On April 27, Alliance's fighter jets identified an Il-38 of the Russian Federation flying in accordance with a pre-filed plan, maintaining communication with air traffic control centres, but with onboard transponder switched off.

On April 28, NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft were scrambled from Siauliai twice to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. NATO fighters identified and escorted an IL-18 of the Russian Federation flying from Kaliningrad without a pre-filed flight plan, not using its onboard transponder, and not maintaining communication with air traffic control centres.

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Later, Alliance's aircraft were scrambled once again to intercept an IL-38 of the Russian Federation. The aircraft was flying towards the mainland Russian Federation from Kaliningrad without a flight plan and without using its onboard transponder but maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres.

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On April 29, NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft were scrambled to identify and escort a military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea away from Kaliningrad towards mainland Russia. NATO fighters identified an IL-20 of the Russian Federation that maintained radio communication with air traffic control centres and was flying in accordance with a pre-filed flight but had its onboard transponder switched off.

Reported by UNIAN

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