German Eurofighters on NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled three times from Ämari Air Base in Estonia on Wednesday the 21st of November, to intercept four Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea.

According to a statement released by the alliance, NATO radars picked up the signal of an aircraft flying out of Kaliningrad near the Lithuanian coastline at 8:30 am local time.

“Since the plane had not filed a flight plan, two Eurofighters took to the sky and conducted a visual identification of a Russian AN-26 transport aircraft an hour later. A second track was picked up at approximately 10:30 am and a Eurofighter launched to escort a Russian MiG-29 fighter aircraft flying close to NATO airspace.
Later the same day, Allied radars picked up two further aircraft tracks leaving mainland Russia.

Two Eurofighters launched to execute a visual identification of two Russian IL-76 strategic transport aircraft, which had not filed a flight plan. After being met in the sky by NATO fighters, the Russian planes continued their flight towards Kaliningrad.”

All Russian aircraft involved operated in international airspace. The intercepts conducted by NATO were a routine and precautionary measure.

NATO say its Baltic Air Policing mission has helped to monitor and protect the integrity of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania’s airspace since the three nations joined the Alliance in 2004.

“Different NATO nations take turns providing rotations of fighters to provide this capability, in a strong sign of Allied solidarity. Yesterday’s intercepts demonstrated the preparedness and vigilance of the German detachment and NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein which coordinated the intercepts.”

Since 31 August 2018, the German detachment has conducted almost 20 alert launches out of Ämari Air Base. The mission is currently led by a Belgian Air Force detachment of F-16 fighters deployed to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Since Belgium took up duty on 3 September 2018, the Belgian jets have executed over a dozen alert scrambles, say NATO.

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People watch this link on how Russia contribute to world peace https://youtu.be/tR_6dibpDfo

DENY, DEFLECT, DISTRACT, DIVIDE
THE RUSSIAN WAY.

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Like NATO, the EU, and the UN. The word for this dishonesty and subterfuge is diplomacy what your kind touts as the solution to every single problem. This idea that governments are supposed to be inherently united is a lie and a tragic one at that. Nations have different perspectives, different histories, and radically different prejudices. This idea that you can preach to the people of the world right and wrong in the name of something as impossible as “world peace” and convince everyone to hug a tree, kiss a bird, and sing Kumbaya is equal parts foolish and insane.… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

I totally agree with Elliott.

Fedaykin
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Fedaykin

Kind of a miracle the Germans had a serviceable Typhoon to conduct the intercept!

Elliott
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Elliott

How many of their other Typhoons did they have to cannibalize to make it operational?

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

I thought the Fulcrum was single pilot.

That photo shows twin crew.

Trainer?

captain P Wash.
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captain P Wash.

Mig 29 M or M2. both two seats, one is a trainer. Can’t see exactly which It Is but I’ll go take a look in a bit.

captain P Wash.
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captain P Wash.

OK, I’m going with the M2, although It’s very similar to the Mig35 but not sure If that Is ready yet.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

Cheers Capn.

John West
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John West

The Germans have flight capable fighters?

Faake news!

Ulya
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Ulya

Interesting perspective, interesting site. Thank you, I will keep reading

captain P Wash.
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captain P Wash.

Ha, We probably have more Spitfires than they have Typhoons !!!!

George
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Hi folks, can a kind soul update me on the current German air capabilities. If I recall they appear to be in poor shape.
Many thanks,
George

Nicholas
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What have the Romans er, Russians ever done for us ….