Dutch F-16 took an interesting video of armed Russian Su-34 attack planes intercepted over the Baltics

Dec 10 2014 - 7 Comments

Russian Air Force Su-34 Fullback attack planes have become frequent visitors of the Baltic region.

On Dec. 8, two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s based at Malbork in Poland to provide NATO Baltic Air Policing duties in the Baltic States have intercepted and escorted two Russian Air Force Su-34 Fullback bombers flying in international airspace (with no FPL – Flight Plan).

The two Su-34s were flying southbound to Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave, located between Poland and Lithuania, home of some Russian military airfield.

According to the Dutch Ministry of Defense, it was the second interception by Dutch F-16s since the RNlAF planes were detached to Poland on Sept. 3: the first scramble took place on Nov. 12 when the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) jets shadowed a four-engine Ilyushin transport aircraft flying north of Estonia and Lithuania.

Su-34s are becoming frequent visitors of the airspaces of northern Europe.

The first photos showing Russian Air Force Fullback warplanes in the Baltics were taken last month by RNoAF F-16s on QRA at Bodo airbase. More recently, the Royal Norwegian Air Force has released an HUD (Head Up Display) video that would show Russian aggressive flying by a Mig-31 escorting two Su-34s at the end of October off Finmark.

As already highlighted by NATO, Russian activities in the Baltics have surged in 2014: since the beginning of the year, NATO planes were scrambled to identify and escort Russian planes more than 100 times; three times as many as in 2013.

H/T to Giuliano Ranieri and Lasse Holmstrom for the heads-up


  • TheMan

    Yes indeed, it is their job to provide security in terms of air space. And yes they are defending, but when you say “defending the free world” i dont see the need for Dutch f-16s to defend the world against Putin, if thats what you are trying to say.

  • cencio4

    Nobody said this is a HUD video. The HUD video was the one of the RNoAF.

  • Ara Gamrayan

    Usa is the only country that attracts sovereign nations. So who are u being protected against

  • Pilgrim_UK

    I presume flying in international airspace with no FPL is the reason why so many Russian planes have to be escorted. Why is this the case? do they feel they don’t have to because they are military planes. does this put civil airliners in jeopardy? Just trying to understand why this makes news.

  • Roland Lawrence

    Those sneaky Russians flying in international airspace. Russia should ask for permission in future if they wish to fly such routes. Looks like DEF CON 2 already.

  • Guest

    File a flight plan with who? Nato? If they are in international airspace they can do what they want and if flying from Russia to Kaliningrad (also a part of Russia) then thats their right. It seems to me that Nato “intercepting” these aircraft transiting international airspace is extremely agressive and unwarranted! That’s my 2 cents worth.

  • Cocidius

    We’ll be seeing at lot more SU-34’s in the future intercepts like this. The Russian Air Force has accepted over 50 operational Fullbacks. It has a huge range and it’s a natural for testing NATO defenses.