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Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth intercept Russian planes in Baltic while stationed in Lithuania during NATO mission


By Alistair Whitfield

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Typhoon fighter jets currently operating from Lithuania have intercepted a Russian military formation operating over the Baltic Sea.

A Russian IL-38 May and SU-27 Flanker B aircraft are intercepted by a RAF Typhoon.
A Russian IL-38 May and SU-27 Flanker B aircraft are intercepted by a RAF Typhoon.

The Typhoons, from 6 Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, approached the Russian formation to identify its composition.

They established it was an IL-38 ‘MAY’ Maritime Patrol Aircraft, being escorted by two SU-27 Flanker B Fighters.

The RAF says it then monitored the formation to ensure the safety of other planes as Russian Military aircraft do not file flight plans in accordance with standard international practice.

A contingent from RAF Lossiemouth is currently operating from Siauliai Air Base Lithuania, alongside a Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornet Detachment.

Meanwhile a French Airforce detachment is based nearby in Estonia as part of NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission.

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