What a close encounter: Russian Su-27 and British Typhoon.
On Jun. 17, Royal Air Force Typhoons were scrambled to intercept multiple Russian aircraft as part of NATO’s Baltics Air Policing mission.
According to the information released by the RAF, the Typhoon aircraft, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, were launched !after four separate groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.”
The “zombies” (how unidentified aircraft are dubbed in fighter pilots jargon), turned out to be a Tupolev Tu-22M “Backfire” bomber, four Sukhoi Su-27 ‘Flanker’ fighters, one Beriev A50 ‘Mainstay’ early warning aircraft and an Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ transport aircraft “who appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training,” even though the Flankers appear to be armed to the teeth, with 4x R-27 medium range and 2x R-73 short range air-to-air missiles
As usual, the Russian aircraft were shadowed and escorted on their way.
Image credit: SAC Dan Herrick / RAF /Crown Copyright
What is important, is that Russians are acting as adversaries today.
We’d hoped the silly “reset” would coalesce similar thinking peoples, but no.
Seems the Bible is correct. We still must fight the Russian hordes.
there were times in USSR and Russia when air forces have been neglected.. but to say it was always a big problem would be an overstatement
Russian version of the story: Russian planes intercepted and escorted intruding foreign UK planes out of their region, the Baltic.