Russian military keeps skirting Baltic airspace and waters

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On Sunday the National Armed Forces (NBS) reported that NATO Baltic Air Police (BAP) jets scrambled to the skies to intercept three separate Russian air force airlifters Ilyushin IL-76.

A Soviet-era aircraft, it was designed as a strategic airlifter, particularly useful for more remote areas as it has the ability to operate on unpaved ­runways.

This came after an NBS tweet shared news on Saturday morning that two Russian naval vessels – a CC-750 submarine support ship and a guided missile corvette of the Tarantul-class were spotted just 13 nautical miles from Latvia’s territorial waters opposite the coastal village of Užava.

Also, earlier Friday night F-16 jets from the BAP scrambled to head off a Russian Armed Forces AN-26 military transport plane.


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