RAF Typhoons are crossed twice in one day to intercept Russian fighter jets and transport aircraft in the vicinity of Estonia
- Typhoons at Amari Air Base, Estonia, were launched twice this week on Tuesday
- The first time they were sent to intercept a Russian AN-12 military transport aircraft
- Second mission she saw escorting two SU-27 hunters and another transport
- It marks the 10th and 11th time that RAF hunters have been launched in Amari since they took over the NATO air police mission on 3 May
RAF Typhoon jets were sent to intercept Russian military aircraft twice in one day when they reached the nearby Estonian airspace.
Fighters stationed at Amari Air Base, about 20 miles outside the capital, Tallin, were scrambled Tuesday to intercept a Russian AN-12 transport across the Gulf of Finland.
Later, the same day, more Typhoons were sent to intercept two SU-27 hunters and another transport – this time an IL-22 – from northwestern Russia to Kaliningrad, a Russian province between Lithuania and Poland.
RAF Typhoons stationed at Amari Air Base about 20 miles outside the Estonian capital Tallin were scrambled twice in one day to intercept and escort Russian planes (photo)
On the second occasion, the Typhoons intercepted two Russian SU-27 fighters (a photo) and an IL-22 transport aircraft that flew from northwestern Russia to Kaliningrad
Both missions were a permanent part of NATO air police operations around Estonia, which is a member of the military alliance.
The contacts on both clamps flew safely and operated through the intercept in a professional manner, a RAF spokesperson said.
The missions mark the 10th and 11th time that RAF hunters have been deployed in Amari since taking over air police duties on 3 May.
A Typhoon pilot from XI (Fighter) Squadron, affiliated with 121 Expeditionary Air Wing, who participated in the first scramble, said: & # 39; the East flew.
& # 39; We had to identify the contact and shadow that are standard protocol.
& # 39; We identified the contact as an AN-12 (Cub) military transport and shot it in the western direction in the shadow.
During the first mission, the Typhoons intercepted a Russian AN-12 transport aircraft that flew into international airspace in the Gulf of Finland
The missions are part of the NATO air police over Estonia – which is a member of the military alliance – and mark the 10th and 11th missions since the RAF took over on 3 May
& # 39; Once the task was completed, we were released to leave contact and provide training in a separate Estonian airspace. & # 39;
During the second blow, one of the Typhoon pilots said: & # 39; We were scrambled to intercept three contacts that ran from northwestern Russia through Estonia to Kaliningrad.
& # 39; We had to identify and overshadow the contacts.
& # 39; We intercepted the aircraft off the west coast of Estonia, identified the contacts as an IL-22 (Coot B) military transport and two SU-27 Flanker hunters.
& # 39; The contacts in the south were overshadowed before they were transferred to Swedish Quick Reaction Alert aircraft, two SAAB Gripens. & # 39;
The Royal Air Force is deployed on operation AZOTIZE in Estonia to support Baltic Air Policing.
The UK is working to support NATO to reassure our allies and is a further demonstration of the UK's commitment to the security of the region, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
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