Two Russian military aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic Sea

Two Russian military aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea without sharing a flight plan have been intercepted and shadowed by RAF Tycoons. [sic]

The Typhoons were scrambled yesterday from the Amari Air base in Estonia after the Russian aircraft approached Baltic airspace.

One of the Russian planes was identified as an Il-20M “Coot,” a surveillance aircraft, while the other was described as an An-26 “Curl” transport plane flying north from Kaliningrad.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Griffin said the Typhoons had been 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,” he said.

Full article: Two Russian military aircraft intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the Baltic Sea (The Independent)

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