Belgian jets conduct first Baltic air policing intercept of their deployment

  • 2019-09-18
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Belgian Air Force fighters deployed in the Baltic region as part of NATO's air policing mission from Sept. 3 were scrambled for the first time on Tuesday, the Belgian Air Force announced.

Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft over the Baltic Sea, the Belgian Air Force said on Twitter.

The Belgian air detachment operates from the air base in Siauliai, Lithuania.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said a few hours later that in addition to the Belgian fighters, the Russian aircraft was also followed by airplanes of the Danish, Polish, Finnish and Swedish air forces.