New Photos of Russian Planes intercepted by Norwegian Fighter Jets

Dec 19 2014 - 13 Comments

Here’s a nice collection of images shot by the Royal Norwegian Air Force during the recent close encounters with Russians off Norway.

On Dec. 18, two RNoAF F-16s in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) were scrambled from Bodo airbase to intercept an unidentified aircraft flying off the north of Norway.

The aircraft was later identified as an Il-20 Coot intelligence gathering plane, flying in international airspace off Finmark.

The news of the latest close encounter was given by the Norwegian media outlet Nordland in an article on their website which included an extremely interesting collection of images (some of those posted below) taken by RNoAF pilots during recent intercept missions of Russian Air Force combat planes.

Here below, an armed Mig-31:

Mig-31 side
A couple of weeks ago, the RNoAF released HUD (Head Up Display) footage of an F-16 almost colliding mid-air with a Russian Mig-31 Foxhound flying alongside Su-34 Fullbacks.

Below, an armed Tu-22M:


Tu-22 missile

A Su-24 Fencer:


Bottow view of an armed Mig-31 Foxhound:


Il-78 refueling a Tu-95 Bear:

Il-78 refueled

Image credit: RNoAF

H/T to Stefan Bøyum Schlömilch for the heads-up


  • Athanor

    Why the Foxhound have a single nacelle for her twin engines?
    Or is it just an optical illusion?

  • I wish they’d release the hi-res photos of these encounters, these could be some great desktop shots.

  • Neo Racer

    And no ones worried by this..’yea happens all the time!’ hmmm not like this..

  • OG_Locc

    What missile is that on the bottom of the Tu-22?

    • Dafidge9898

      AS-4 Kitchen. An anti-ship missile

    • Mr.Q
    • VFA41_Lion

      Looks like a Kh-22, long-range Russian anti-ship missile.

  • Why were “patrolling” planes armed with such heavy weapons?

  • Cocidius

    Fantastic shots of the Foxhound. Still armed and dangerous after all these years…

  • Tu-95 Bears inventory of Russia is way newer than US B-52 Stratofortress.

  • xyz

    Yet these comments are rarely ever made when it’s American fighters being the focus of articles. Planes like the F-16, B-52, warthog, etc. are hardly cutting edge designs developed yesteday.