NATO jets scrambled five times last week

Fighter jets conducting the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic states from Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania and Amari Air Base in Estonia were scrambled five times last week to intercept Russian planes, including five bombers, flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense said on Monday.

On Oct. 27, one TU-134 military transport aircraft and one AN-148 military transport aircraft of the Russian Federation were intercepted. The aircraft flew once in accordance to a pre-filed flight plan, without using onboard transponders and maintaining communication with air traffic control centers, and another time – without a flight plan having been pre-filed, with onboard transponders switched off and maintaining radio communication.

On Oct. 28, a Su-27 fighter jet and two Su-24 bombers of the Russian Federation were intercepted flying without flight plans, without using onboard transponders and without maintaining radio communication. An AN-12 military transport aircraft intercepted on the same day was flying in accordance to all flight requirements.

On Oct. 31, a group of aircraft including an AN-26 military transport aircraft, a Su-27 fighter jet, two Su-24 bombers and one Su-34 bomber, was intercepted as it was flying defying all flight requirements.

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