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Baltic Sea. Portuguese fighter jets intercepted a Russian plane off the coast of Estonia

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Portuguese fighter jets, which are taking part in the Baltic Air Policing mission, escorted a Russian plane near Estonian airspace.

On April 2, two Portuguese F-16 fighters took off from Šiauliai Lithuania to identify and escort a Russian Il-76 aircraft. The Russian machine was flying from the mainland Russia to Kaliningrad over international waters off the coast Estonia – reported in the statement FOR THIS.

It was described that the flight was not planned and the pilots did not contact air traffic control and did not turn on the transponder, hence the NATO Joint Air Operations Center in Uedem, Germany, ordered F-16 fighters to be sent towards the unknown aircraft. After identifying and escorting the Russian clay, the Portuguese pilots safely returned to Šiauliai.

A Portuguese F-16 fighter escorts a Russian Il-76 near the Estonian coasttwitter.com/NATO_AIRCO

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Baltic Air Policing is a mission consisting in patrolling the airspace of the Baltic States, performed on a rotational basis by the members of the North Atlantic Alliance since 2004, i.e. since the accession of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to NATO because these countries do not have their own fighters.

On March 30, Poland and France ended their mission as part of Baltic Air Policing. Both countries were replaced by Portugal and Romania.

Main photo source: twitter.com/NATO_AIRCO





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