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

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


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  1. Honestly why do they even bother? Does anyone really believe Russia is going to invade Scandinavia or something? Just let them fly around, they aren’t actually doing anything. It’s like a misbehaved child who wants attention, just ignore them.

    • How many nations did Russia remain in after WW II? . After all Russia never has done anything like invade another country over the last two hundred years so why should they start now? Hmmm!

      • Germany, Poland, Chekoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Estonia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belorussia, to name a few.

  2. No one cares. You brought this on yourselves Oligarchs, and Elitist…………….
    They want you, not us, and I have no intentions of shedding a tear for you.

    Russia, so long as you hit N.W.O. political, private entities and intelligence regimes, the majority of America is going to look the other way. They turned their backs on us and we will give them the same respect back. Soros should be in your KGB’s sights already. We have him on video stating he is working with a large secret organization to undermine and destroy the American Constitution, and as you can see he is the spear head in the Ukraine coup. (whistles)

    We have Constitutional Libertarians lined up to take their place and plan no backlash for defensive actions from Russia or any other victimized Nation.

  3. The bad thing about more activity like this is it accelerates the chance of an incident happening, whether on purpose or by accident. I hate to think of that happening with Obama as President, he would probably just hand over Alaska to the commies to smooth it over,

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