Last Tuesday, F-16 fighter jets of the Belgian air force was scrambled to intercept a Russian su-27 flying over the Baltic sea, as reported on Wednesday, September 6, the official website of PATO.
The Belgian aircraft flew from the airbase ämari airbase in Estonia after the radar has detected two Russian air force plane left the airspace of Kaliningrad, heading North.
PATO notes that the Russian planes had not been in contact with representatives of the Alliance and was identified during a standard procedure, conducted by the Belgian F-16.
Russian su-27 flew to a cargo aircraft Il-76, after which they all returned to Kaliningrad. Fighter jets of the Belgian air force, in turn, landed safely at the airbase ämari airbase.
The Baltic States have no aircraft for air patrols, and from the moment of their entry into PATO in April 2004, the protection of the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is carried out in rotation by the fighters of the Alliance, who are based in Lithuania at Zokniai airbase, and from 2014 in Estonia at the airbase ämari airbase, explains the website NEWSru.com.