German Typhoons have intercepted 7 Russian Air Force combat planes over the Baltic Sea today

Oct 28 2014 - 178 Comments

NATO Baltic Air Policing mission is quite busy these days….

According to the Latvian military, on Oct. 28, the German Air Force Eurofighter jets on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) at Amari, Estonia, to provide NATO Baltic Air Policing were scrambled to intercept seven Russian Air Force planes flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

The German interceptors identified the Russian planes as a large package, made of attack planes and escort, which included 2x MiG-31 Foxhound, 2x Su-34 Fullback, 1x Su-27 Flanker and 2x Su-24 Fencer jets.

Regardless to whether the Russian aircraft were involved in one of the frequent training missions in the Baltics or were commuting to/from the Russian airfield in Kaliningrad oblast, the package on Oct 28 represents one of the largest “formations” intercepted by NATO fighter planes during the last couple of years.

Usually, close encounters involve Russian, Swedish or U.S. spyplanes intercepted before (or after) violating sovereign airspaces. Sometimes, scrambles are required to greet Moscow’s Tu-22 or Tu-95 bombers on long-range training patrols or strike packages involved in (alleged) simulated air strikes on one of North Europe’s states (usually, Sweden).

Anyway, Russian Air Force missions in the Baltic area have surged, to such an extent NATO presence has quadrupled in the last year: from one nation providing four aircraft in QRA at one base in Lithuania (Šiauliai), to four nations (currently Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Canada) at two airbases (the second being Amari, in Estonia).

Image credit: Eurofighter – Geoffrey Lee, Planefocus Ltd

 

  • Tim Johnson

    Nato hasn’t forced any countries to join it, and the only governments that would rather be allied with Russia are rotten dictators like Belorussian dictator Alexander Lukasenko, an absolute POS. So crack a newspaper once in a while, because otherwise you make a fool of yourself.

  • Tim Johnson

    The farthest outside his box of self-loathing he gets is reflexive blind hatred of the USA.

    • Andyj

      Reflexive blind hatred of murderous warmongers.

  • kestrel6

    These subs were not hunting. They were observing and transporting. The truth requires that you did deeper.

  • kestrel6

    The pilot

  • kestrel6

    We do have a history of shooting down commercial aircraft in international air space. Just ask Iran and the families of the innocent people killed. You have to ask yourself on the incident where the Soviets shot down the airlines….why was that airline in that airspace? Was this an isolated one time occurrence of an aircraft being shot down? Did deep for the answers, You may find the answers surprising.

  • Andyj

    So, Tim, its simply defence if Russia surrounds the USa with nuclear tipped missiles. It won’t be provoking you will it.

  • Andyj

    Sure Cubas missiles were not a threat either.

  • Andyj

    Russia’s apparent aggressions made those same countries friends. How ironic.
    The story changes when they found you were behind it.