NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were scrambled once last week to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, Lithuania’s Defense Ministry reports on Monday.
On September 21, NATO fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two SU-30SM helicopters and a KA-27 military aircraft. They were flying in international airspace from Kaliningrad and returned to the Russian exclave.
They were flying without flight plans, with their onboard transponder switched off and without keeping radio contact with the regional air traffic control center.
The NATO air policing mission in the Baltic states is carried out from Lithuania and Estonia.
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