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Russian planes intercepted near the Polish border by Dutch F-35 fighters

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Three Russian planes approached the Polish air defense zone on Monday. The Netherlands Ministry of Defense said it was intercepted by F-35 fighters of the Dutch Air Force, which are carrying out a NATO airspace monitoring mission over Central and Eastern Europe.

F-35 fighters intercepted a Russian Il-20M plane that was flying with two Su-27 fighters, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense the Netherlands posted on Twitter. “Dutch F-35s escorted the formation from a distance and transferred the escort to NATO partners,” it said.

The planes approached the Polish air defense zone from the side of the Kaliningrad Oblast.

The interception of the same three Russian aircraft (two Su-27 fighters and one Il-20 reconnaissance) in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was also reported by the Luftwaffe on Monday.

Dutch F-35s protect NATO airspace in Poland

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In February and March, eight Dutch F-35s protect NATO airspace in our part of the continent. “In addition to the so-called ‘Air Policing’ task, we also carry out a number of trainings with NATO allies,” the ministry said.

– We protect space 24 hours a day, seven days a week – said Lieutenant Colonel Guido Schols, commanding the Dutch unit in Poland, in the material of the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

Dutch F-35s arrived at the 22nd Tactical Air Base in Malbork in January 2023twitter.com/DGeneralneRSZ

As part of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission, pilots of the Polish Air Force with F-16 aircraft are currently on duty in Šiauliai on LithuaniaThe Dutch have their F-35 in Malbork, and Germany they are over the Baltic on Eurofighters.

Main photo source: twitter.com/DGeneralneRSZ

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