THIS is the moment when RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian warplanes flying near NATO airspace in a tense confrontation.
The RAF Storms scrambled from Amari Air Base in Estonian for visual identification of many Russian aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea.
According to the Royal Air Force, the Russian plane remained in international airspace and flew “safely and temporarily”.
Typhoon fighters, currently deployed on NATO Baltic Aviation Police mission, intercepted an An-72 COALER and two Su-27 FLANKER B.
The Typhoons returned to Amari Air Force Base to continue the Nato Air Control Mission.
This happened after an RAF storm scrambled to intercept a Russian fighter jets flew near Estonian airspace in March.
It was the first time brother And German air forces conducted a joint NATO air control operation.
The reaction saw a pair of British and German Typhoon jets react with a Russian Il-78 aerial refueling aircraft between St Petersburg and Kaliningrad
It was escorted after failing to contact Estonian air traffic control.
Allied warplanes also intercepted a Russian AN-148 aircraft.
After interception, two Norway The F-35s were quickly deployed against two Russian military aircraft – a MiG-31 and a NOR F-35 – in international airspace.
It comes as British pilots carry out joint air control missions in Estonia for the first time with German air forces as the UK prepares to take the lead in NATO missions in the country. Russian border.
The Defense Ministry stressed the “routine” nature of the mission, but it comes amid tensions between the West and Russia over the issue. invade Ukraine.
Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey said: “NATO continues to form the foundation of our collective security.
“The joint deployment of the UK and Germany in the Baltics clearly demonstrates our collective determination to challenge any potential threat to Nato’s borders, while demonstrating synergy. ours.”
And a month later, on Friday, April 14, Royal Air Force intercepts Russian spy plane and two fighter jets were spotted flying near NATO airspace.
Fighters were sent by the RAF and German stormtroopers to defend the eastern flank of the Nato border, near Estonia.
Fighters from the IX Squadron of the RAF and the 71st Wing “Richtofen” of the Luftwaffe were scrambled to intercept the unidentified aircraft.
One of the planes was later identified as an Il-20 Coot-A intelligence plane of the Russian Air Force, which was in transit from mainland Russia to Russia. Kaliningrad land.
Two Russian Su-27 Flanker-B fighters in Kaliningrad escorted the spy plane over the northwestern region of Estonia’s flight information zone.
The RAF said it was an important intercept.
One pilot involved in the operation said: “We often see Russian military aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea and so this is a routine interception for us.
“However, the importance of intercepting these aircraft and our commitment to the collective defense of NATO airspace remains steadfast and resolute.
“What this intercept has demonstrated is that together with our German allies, we can act quickly and decisively to effectively ensure the security of the Union.”
The RAF and the German Air Force operated Eurofighter Typhoon fighters out of Amari Air Base, Estonia, as a combined force.
This is just one of a number of joint interception operations the nations have conducted as part of completing Nato’s Baltic air control mission – Operation Azotize.
The combined force has been active since March.
Tensions also flared up at NATO’s shared border with Russia after Finland joined the union in April.
The Nordic country was officially welcomed on April 4 – receiving the bloc just 128 kilometers from St Petersburg, home of Vladimir Putin.
Hours before the historic move, Russia warned that Belarus’ military aircraft had been upgraded to carry out nuclear strikes.
Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also warned that Finland’s entry into the military alliance and NATO’s increased combat readiness increase the risk of conflict.