Two MiG-29 fighters of the Russian Northern Fleet were raised on Wednesday 9 September to escort BBC Norway’s Falcon 20 and P-3C Orion aircraft over the Barents Sea. This was reported by the National Center for Defense Management (NTSUO) of the Russian Federation.
It is noted that airspace control equipment detected two air targets over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea.
“To identify air targets and prevent violations of the state border of the Russian Federation, two MiG-29 fighters were taken into the air, the crews of which classified them as the Falcon-20 electronic reconnaissance and electronic warfare aircraft and the Orion R-3C Orion base patrol aircraft. “, – quoted by TASS.
The NTSUO added that Russian fighters escorted foreign aircraft over the water area of the Barents Sea and, after their turn, returned to the home airfield.
Last week, similar interceptions of Norwegian aircraft occurred four times – from 1 to 5 September. On September 3, the MiG-31 escorted US and British reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea.