Baltic Air Policing
(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued May 29, 2016)
Russian air activity over the Baltic is picking up, as are their flights to test NATO air defenses. Here, a Royal Air Force Typhoon intercepts a Russian AF Tu-160 Blackjack bomber. (RAF photo)
The Sun on Sunday covers the RAF’s interceptions of Russian aircraft during its Baltic air policing mission. It is reported that RAF Typhoon war jets based in Estonia have launched six times to intercept 17 Russian aircraft in just over a week.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“The RAF has shown it will respond rapidly to Russian aggression underlining our commitment to our Nato allies.”

The officer commanding 140 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Gordon Melville, said:

“We have proven our ability and resolve to police Nato's airspace and will continue to secure the skies over the Baltic states every hour of every day.”


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