Russian Su-27 Fighter Jets Scrambled to Intercept U.S. B-52H Bombers Over Baltic Sea

Russian Navy Su-27 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers over the Baltic Sea, TASS news agency reported Monday citing Russia’s Defense Ministry.

The scramble involved Russian Naval Aviation Su-27s assigned to the Baltic Fleet. According to the report, along with the B-52Hs, another unidentified foreign reconnaissance aircraft was also intercepted.

“On June 15, 2020, the quick reaction alert air defense forces of the Western Military District timely uncovered the operations of US Air Force B-52H bombers and reconnaissance aircraft of foreign states over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, following which they were shadowed by Russian fighters,” the ministry said in a statement.

A Russian Su-27 "Flanker" fighter aircraft. Photo Credit: UK Royal Air Force (RAF).
A Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter aircraft photographed from a Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon. Photo Credit: RAF.

The U.S. Air Force has earlier announced that two of its B-52H bombers conducted a long-range, long duration strategic Bomber Task Force (BTF) mission throughout Europe and the Baltic region while also supporting the BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) 2020 naval exercise.

The bombers involved in this mission was from the USAF’s 5th Bomb Wing based at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.

NATO’s ongoing BALTOSPS 2020 naval exercise involves 17 member states and two partner countries. A total of 28 warships and 28 aircraft and helicopters and around 3,000 personnel are taking part in the drills.

USAF B-52H Bomber Supports BALTOPS 2020 Exercise
NATO warships sail in formation in the Baltic Sea while a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress long-range bomber flies overhead during exercise BALTOPS 2020, June 15, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Damon Grosvenor)

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