Photos of 10 Russian warplanes intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic Sea….in one sortie!

Last Friday was quite a busy day for the RAF Typhoons supporting NATO Baltic Air Patrol mission.

On Jul. 24, the Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets intercepted and identified 10 (!) Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

The RAF Typhoons from 6 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth, in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) at Amari airbase, Estonia, were launched as a large formation of Russian planes flew close to the Baltic States airspace (most probably going to or returning from Kaliningrad Oblast).

Su-34s Jul. 24

According to the UK MoD, once airborne, the RAF jets identified the aircraft as 4x Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback attack planes, 4x Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound fighters and 2 x Antonov An-26 Curl transport aircraft who appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training.

Su-34s Jul. 24 2

Newsworthy, Russian activity in the Baltic region has increased even more in the last few days. On Jul. 29, NATO interceptors identified 12 Russian military aircraft flying near the Latvian border: 3x An-76 and 1x Il-76 cargo planes, 4x MiG-31s and 4x Su-24s, were detected flying near the Latvian outer sea border, above the Baltic Sea in international airspace.

An-26 Jul. 24

Image credit: Crown Copyright


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  1. The message we’re sending is a little puzzling… Send 2 fighters up against 8.
    And it looks like a good number of the rails/hard points were empty.
    Too be fair, it looks like a lot of them are empty on the other side too.

  2. If they were in the company of the An26, wow they were going slow! Alas I bet no more friendly waiving to the Russian air crews…

    • an-26 cruise speed: 440 km/h (237 knots, 273 mph) – those an-26 have 35-40 years on their airframes – up to 1500 were built…

  3. I find all of this “scrambe, climb and intercept” a big waste of fuel, money.
    I understand it happening over Israel or the southern border of Turkey (where they fire indeed), but in North East Europe, Alaska or UK coast line, it is quite a ridiculous way of using money in XXI century… is anyone there really keeping its thumb on the “fire” button?

    • You obviously don’t understand the rules of engagement. Countries do this to test response times, and in order for a counrty to show that they are not only ready but willing to fight if provoked, they must respond with various possible counter measures.

      • “willing to fight if provoked”… so you seriously think anyone would fire. Hellooooo we are in XXI century! Go figure… btw ruskies are not even armed…

        On the other hand, decent point by Andrew

    • It’s great training for all sides. Well worth the gas to go up and look at your close friends.

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