Royal Air Force a dat publicitatii mai multe imagini in care se pot vedea foarte clar avioane Su-27 inarmate zburand destul de aproape de spatiul aerian baltic.
Potrivit englezilor, au fost patru grupuri separate de avioane rusesti, fiind nevoie de patru decolari la alarma ale Eurofighter-elor RAF. La final, cand s-a efectuat numaratoare, au rezultat patru Su-27 inarmate pana in dinti, un Tu-22M, un Beriev A-50 si un An-26.
Din fericire, nu au existat incidente, rusii fiind escortati de britanici pana la o distanta sigura.
De altfel, si comunicat RAF este destul de cuminte, vorbind despre zboruri de antrenament ale rusilor, in niciun caz de provocari sau actiuni agresive.RAF Typhoons were on Tuesday 17 June scrambled to intercept multiple Russian aircraft as part of NATO’s ongoing mission to police Baltic airspace.
The Typhoon aircraft, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron, were launched after four separate groups of aircraft were detected by NATO air defences in international airspace near to the Baltic States.
Once airborne, the British jets identified the aircraft as a Russian Tupolev Tu22 ‘Backfire’ bomber, four Sukhoi Su27 ‘Flanker’ fighters, one Beriev A50 ‘Mainstay’ early warning aircraft and an Antonov An26 ‘Curl’ transport aircraft who appeared to be carrying out a variety of routine training. The Russian aircraft were monitored by the RAF Typhoons and escorted on their way.