Even the Portuguese Air Force has intercepted and photographed Russian bombers wandering across Europe

The two Russian Bears that skirted European airspaces on Friday were also intercepted by the F-16s of the Portuguese Air Force.

On Oct. 31, two F-16 Fighting Falcon jets of the FAP (Portuguese Air Force) were scrambled to intercept two Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers.

The Russian planes were detected by Portugal’s Air Defense System (DA) as they approached the nortwestern part of Portugal’s FIR flying southbound, not in contact with any Air Traffic Control agency.

The two F-16s on permanent alert at Monte Real Air Base were launched to perform a visual identification of the two “intruders”.

The QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) fighter jets performed a very similar mission to that they had flown on Oct. 29; however, this time the intercepted aircraft kept heading toward the south until they turned north.

The two Portuguese interceptors escorted the Bears until they departed the airspace of Portugal’s responsibility.

Another pair of F-16s was readied for take off just in case the Russian aircraft reversed their northboud route.

H/T Armando “Squid” Leitao for the heads-up

PoAF intercept Tu-95 2

Image credit: Portuguese Air Force

 

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

5 Comments

  1. If the Bear’s tail gunner isn’t courteous enough to raise his 23’s , then why not set of their RWR ?

  2. intercept
    to take, seize, or halt (someone or something on the way from one place to another); cut off from an intended destination

  3. The Russians deployed IL-78M Midas tankers to Egypt in support. It looks like they were using the tankers to support the southern Atlantic Bear operations off Portugal.

    One radio enthusiast on Twitter noted a message being relayed to Bort 94290 (IL-78M) and passing (Heading Easterly) waypoint EVIRA (East of Malta)

    http://opennav.com/waypoint/MT/EVIRA

    IL-78M Midas tankers RF-94290 and RF-94270 pictured in Egypt.

    http://spotters.net.ua/file/?id=98562&size=large

    The Tu-95MS and IL-78Ms were active in Voice and Morse Code. The Russians still use quite a lot of Morse and especially for these extended out of area missions. They send the same short 3 figure tactical messages back to their control in Russia using Morse and Voice. Radio enthusiasts were busy logging the activity last week .

  4. I wonder what the news would be if the russians illegally attacked a souverign country killing 1 million people in the proccess.

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