A Russian MiG-31 fighter intercepted a Norwegian Air Force plane on the outskirts of the Russian border over the Barents Sea. This was announced on Friday, September 4, at the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation.
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Initially, Russian airspace control over neutral waters detected an air target that was moving in the direction of the Russian state border.
“To identify the air target and prevent violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, a MiG-31 fighter from the air defense forces of the Northern Fleet was taken into the air,” the center said in a statement.
The MiG crew determined that the air target was the P-3C Orion base patrol aircraft with the Norwegian Air Force insignia.
As a result, the Norwegian plane turned away from the Russian borders, after which the domestic fighter returned to the home airfield. The entire flight of the MiG-31 crew performed in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace, the center noted. The Norwegian plane did not violate the state border of the Russian Federation.
The day before, the MiG-31 intercepted reconnaissance aircraft from the United States and Great Britain over the Barents Sea. The flight of the Russian fighter was carried out in strict accordance with international rules for the use of airspace. There was no violation of the Russian border.