Royal Air Pressure Storm fighter jets, from 6 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, intercepted Russian army plane whereas they had been flying over the Baltic Sea.
The Typhoons approached the Russian formation to establish its composition and established it was an IL-38 ‘MAY’ Maritime Patrol Plane, being escorted by two Su-27 Flanker B fighter jets.
This was the primary time in recent times that the Royal Air Pressure have seen and intercepted a ‘MAY’ which was working alongside a Russian OSCAR class submarine which the Typhoons photographed on the floor because it transited in the direction of the west throughout the Baltic Sea.
This intercept follows an earlier interception at first of the week when the Typhoons had been once more airborne to watch Russian SU-27 Flankers as they transited by way of Lithuanian managed worldwide airspace.
These intercepts have come throughout a busy week for 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, the RAF Unit that’s deployed in Lithuania because the UK contribution to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission. The EAW has additionally been conducting NATO Air Policing interoperability coaching with a detachment of German Eurofighters which have been embedded into 135 EAW. RAF Personnel additionally hosted the Lithuanian President when he visited the airbase and had been invited to participate in some nationwide Lithuanian occasions, which they had been delighted to just accept.
Furthermore, on Tuesday, the Finnish Protection Ministry has reported that it suspected a Russian army plane had violated Finnish airspace over the Gulf of Finland.