RAF Typhoon Jets Intercept Russian Il-20 ISR Aircraft Over Baltic Sea

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets currently deployed in Lithuania have intercepted a Russian Il-20 COOT A ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance)) aircraft operating over the Baltic Sea.

According to the RAF, the Coot was monitored, as it flew through the Lithuanian Flight Information Region (FIR) in international airspace, “to ensure the safety of other airspace users as Russian Military aircraft do not file flight plans in accordance with standard international practice”.

“This is a routine reaction for 135 Expeditionary Air Wing and the 6 Squadron Typhoons, who are operating from Siauliai Air Base alongside the Spanish Air Force to conduct the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission,” said the RAF statement.

“This sortie is the latest demonstration of the enduring allied partnerships across the NATO missions for the safety and integrity of the Baltic airspace and also shows the UK’s commitment to the security of the region,” the statement added.

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