Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport
A pair of F-35s stationed in northern Europe were dispatched to intercept a trio of Russian warplanes, including two jet fighters, on Monday evening after being detected flying toward NATO airspace with their transponders off.
Three Russian aircraft, an Il-20M intelligence-gathering (‘spy’) plane, and two SU-27 Flankers — a Russian analog to the U.S. F-15 Eagle — were intercepted near the Russian-Polish border on Monday. While they did not enter NATO airspace, they were said to have approached Poland from the Kaliningrad Oblast, a small Russian exclave on the Baltic wedged between Poland and Lithuania with their transponders turned off and also flew in neutral airspace over the Baltic, Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Heute sind unsere Eurofighter bei #VAPB aufgestiegen und haben 1 🇷🇺 IL-20-Coot-A und 2 🇷🇺 SU-27-Flanker im internationalen Luftraum über der Ostsee aufgeklärt. Alle 3 Flugzeuge waren ohne Transponderabstrahlung und ohne Flugplan unterwegs. #WeareNATO @GermanyNATO @NATO_AIRCOM pic.twitter.com/SsHLsBxtKl— Team Luftwaffe (@Team_Luftwaffe) February 13, 2023
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The NATO aircraft that intercepted the pair were Dutch F-35s, attached to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission based out of Malbork airbase. The Dutch Ministry of Defence said of the interception on Monday evening: “Two Dutch F-35s carried out a first interception from Poland. It concerned 3 aircraft: a Russian IL-20M Coot-A that was escorted by two SU-27 Flankers. F-35s escorted them from a distance and handed over escort to NATO partners.”