Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet Scrambled to Intercept U.S., German Patrol Aircraft Over Baltic Sea
Russia scrambled a Su-27 fighter jet to intercept U.S. and German maritime patrol aircraft approaching the Russian border over the Baltic Sea, TASS reported citing Russia’s National Defense Control Center.
The scramble was initiated when the Russian airspace control systems detected two aerial targets over the Baltic Sea approaching Russia’s state border.
According to the report, the Su-27 fighter jet from the Baltic Fleet’s air defense quick reaction alert forces approached the targets at a safe distance, identified them as a U.S. Navy P‑8A Poseidon and a German Air Force P‑3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and escorted them over the Baltic Sea.
The Russian fighter safely returned to its home airfield after the U.S. aircraft turned away from Russia’s state border, the report said. After the US aircraft turned away from Russia’s state border
“The entire flight of the Russian fighters proceeded in strict compliance with the international rules of using the airspace,” according to the National Defense Control Center.
The report said that Russian fighter jets were scrambled six times during the past week to prevent violations of the country’s borders. According to the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, forty-three foreign reconnaissance planes and six reconnaissance drones were observed near Russian borders last week.