British RAF Typhoons have yet again come face to face with Russian military aircraft, as they intercepted and shadowed two Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
Earlier in May, the British Airforce were ordered to escort Russian bombers out of UK airspace, as Russian ‘bear’ bombers flew towards British airspace.
The latest confrontation between Britain and Russia has been acknowledged by British Secretary of State Michael Fallon as a sign of Britain’s “commitment to NATO”.
“The interception of Russian military aircraft by our RAF Typhoon fighters underlines our commitment to Nato and the security of the Baltic region”, he said on Wednesday.
The jets were scrambled from Amari Air base in Estonia yesterday after the planes approached Baltic airspace without sharing a flight plan.
They initially identified and shadowed an Il-20M “Coot” A surveillance aircraft, before checking out a an An-26 “Curl” transport plane flying north from Kaliningrad.
Four Typhoons were deployed to Amari on May 1, and are working with Norwegian aircraft to patrol Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
“RAF air and ground crew are doing vital work to defend the skies above and around the Baltic States and I look forward to seeing that work first hand in the near future. ”
Flight Lieutenant Paul Griffin said: “In this case the Typhoons were given the nod and the Estonian controllers hit the scramble button.
“The Estonian controllers picked up the aircraft on their radar picture and evaluated whether it had a flight plan and its heading, height and speed. Once it was clear it was an unknown they gave it an appropriate identification colour which made it stand out on our radar scopes.”
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