The UK’s Royal Air Force Typhoons have intercepted three Russian aircraft approaching the Baltic states.
The military transport aircraft identified as AN-26, AN-12 and IL-76 were intercepted as they were not transmitting a recognised identification code and were unresponsive.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement Friday that, “We were able to instantly respond to this act of Russian aggression - demonstration of our commitment to NATO’s collective defence.”
Four RAF Typhoon and pilots from II (Army Co-operation) Squadron from Royal Air Force Lossiemouth, were deployed in April to support the BAP mission, an enduring defensive NATO effort that sees alliance members without their own air policing assets assisted by others in four-monthly cycles.
This rotation, which is the third consecutive year the year the UK has committed to BAP, will see UK jets operating alongside Portuguese F16s operating from Šiauliai in Lithuania. Last time, Typhoon fighters were scrambled 17 times, and intercepted over 40 Russian aircraft. During one launch last July, the Typhoons intercepted 10 separate Russian aircraft, including eight fighters.
One of the pilots involved in the mission said, “The scramble went exactly as planned, we launched our Typhoon aircraft quickly and then using our advanced sensors and mission systems, combined with support from our Battlespace Managers on the ground, carried out textbook intercepts of the three aircraft.”
The mission in Estonia is supported by elements from across the Royal Air Force, deployed as 140 Expeditionary Air Wing (140 EAW).
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