U.S. Air Force F-15C jets intercept Russian spyplane over the Baltic

Apr 28 2014 - 6 Comments

U.S. F-15Cs performing Baltics Air Policing were scrambled on Monday to intercept a Russian Il-20.

According to the Latvia’s Military, the U.S. Air Force F-15C deployed to Šiauliai, Lithuania, to provide Air Policing in the Baltics region, intercepted an Il-20 spyplane.

Russian Air Force missions in the area often requires NATO jet fighters to perform Alert Scrambles, to intercept Il-20 spyplanes, Tu-22M Backfire bombers and Su-27 fighter jets. Such close encounters have become a bit more frequent since Russian invasion of Crimea and subsequent international crisis over Ukraine.

On Feb. 24, two F-15Cs taking part to a flyby in Estonia were diverted to intercept a Russian plane before overflying the city of Pärnu.

On Apr. 25, two Tu-95H bombers were intercepted by RAF Typhoons, Dutch and Danish F-16s during a long range patrol around UK.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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  • R.Lopaka

    Deja vu al over again!! NEXT you righty loons will be TELLING me & Pres.Barack Obama that Puttin will build a NEW SUPER ICBM…..Russia to Build New ICBM by 2018 when the USA killed it’s NEWEST ICBM deployed 30 YEARS ago the MX…..demilled 10 years ago. PERIOD.

  • justwondering

    We always hear about Russian spy planes and bombers being intercepted and escorted by NATO planes. But, is NATO doing the same thing to Russia? Would such interceptions make the Western press?

    • incognito

      you betcha the US is.

  • P.Act

    What kind of spy plane is that? How it spies while so easily can be detected and intercepted? Maybe it just spies on fish ans whales?

  • μολὼν λαβέ

    Not for long. That is why there is a new spy plane in our arsenal.