Dutch F-35 fighter jets intercepted a formation of Russian military aircraft close to NATO airspace who were “ignoring international air safety rules.”
Two Dutch F-35 fighter jets and German Eurofighters shadowed the three Russian military aircraft near Poland, the Netherlands’ Defence Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.
The Netherlands’ Defence Ministry said that Dutch planes escorted the Russian aircraft out which had approached Poland from the Kaliningrad enclave.
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Kaliningrad is a Russian Baltic coast enclave which is between Poland and Lithuania, who are both members of NATO.
The Defence Ministry added, “After identification, it turned out to be three aircraft: a Russian IL-20M Coot-A that was escorted by two Su-27 Flankers.
🇳🇱F-35s carried out their first A-Scramble to intercept Russian SU-27s & a IL-20 flying close to #NATO airspace
— NATO Air Command (@NATO_AIRCOM) February 14, 2023
“The Dutch F-35s escorted the formation from a distance and handed over the escort to NATO partners.”
NATO Air Command said that “Dutch F-35s carried out their first A-scramble to intercept Russian Su-27s and a IL-20 flying close to NATO airspace.”
They were “supported by German Eurofighters” who “shadowed the Russian aircraft who were posing a danger to other air users by ignoring international air safety rules.”