Russian military transport planes cross into neutral Baltic airspace

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NATO Baltic Air Policing (BAP) F-16 jets took to the skies Monday to intercept two Russian Armed Forces AN-26 planes over the Baltic Sea, the National Armed Forces (NBS) tweeted.

The appearance of the identified light military tactical transport aircraft comes as the NBS also released the total number of times BAP jets have scrambled to meet Russian skirtings of Baltic airspace so far this year.

According to additional NBS tweets (in Latvian) Monday, between January 1 and September 1 Russian planes approached Latvian airspace borders 142 times, with the greatest flurry of fly-bys happening in May and June. Fighter jets were spotted a total of 62 times, transport planes 16 times, reconnaissance craft 45 times, command planes 8 times, bombers 4 times and helicopters twice.


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