Bunch of Russian planes intercepted

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The National Armed Forces (NBS) tweeted Monday night of the latest scrambles by the Baltic Air Police (BAP), NATO's rotating squadron of patrol jets which have been taking to the skies regularly to intercept Russian aircraft straying so near to Latvian and neighboring Estonian and Lithuanian airspace that they need to be strategically greeted mid-air.

The identified planes include two military transport planes Antonov-type AN-12, AN-26 and one AN-72, as well as two Ilyushin IL-76 strategic airlifters.

As usual, the Russian aircraft operated without notifying of their presence and headings, however remained within neutral airspace over the Baltic Sea. This is the second day in a row now of multiple aircraft interceptions within a single day's time, as Sunday a similar cluster of sightings was reported on the NBS's Twitter feed.

Later the NBS supplemented the list in Latvian, mentioning another mid-day scramble to intercept un unprecedented number of Russian military aircraft: four attack aircraft SU-27, four SU-24, four SU-34, two MiG-31 interceptor jets, one TU-22 supersonic bomber, one more AN-26 transport plane and four TU-95 strategic bombers.

This is an as-yet unprecedented cluster of planes in the neutral skies near Latvian airspace, totaling 28 separate craft altogether in just one day.

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