Friday July 24th saw an unprecedented number of aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic as part of NATO’s ongoing mission to police Baltic airspace. The Typhoon multi-role fighters intercepted ten Russian military aircraft in just a single interception mission.
The Typhoon aircraft which hail from No.6 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth were launched from their base in Estonia after multiple groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences. The aircraft were operating in international airspace near to the Baltic States which NATO has assumed defensive responsibilities for since 2004.
In total the RAF fighters identified;
- 4 x Sukhoi Su-34 “Fullback” fighter-bombers
- 4 x Mikoyan MiG-31 “Foxhound” fighters
- 2 x Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ twin engined transport aircraft
The aircraft appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training and did not make any threatening motions towards the RAF aircraft. The Russian aircraft were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted through international airspace until they turned back towards their base.