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    NATO jets in Baltics scrambled 4 times last week over Russian military aircraft

    VILNIUS, May 14, BNS - NATO fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled four times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

    On May 10, NATO's Baltic air-policing fighters intercepted two SU-30SM fighter aircraft flying from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia. The Russian jets had a flight plan and had their onboard transponders on, but did not maintain radio communication with the regional air traffic control center.

    On May 11, an AN-12 transport aircraft was intercepted on its way from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad. The plane had its onboard transponder off, but kept radio contact with the air traffic controllers and had a pre-filed flight plan.

    On May 12, NATO's jets were scrambled twice to intercept AN-12 and AN-24 transport aircraft.

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

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    • Published: 14.05.2018 14:39
    • LETA, BNS
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