Stars and Stripes stripes.com 28 Dec, 2020 17:00 am

NATO jets intercepted hundreds of Russian flights in 2020

NATO jets intercepted hundreds of Russian flights in 2020
NATO warplanes had to scramble more than 400 times across Europe in 2020, mostly to check Russian aircraft flying unannounced near allied air space, the U.S.-led alliance said Monday.

About 90% of the more than 400 NATO warplane scrambles in 2020 were connected to Russian military aircraft, marking a slight increase from 2019, the alliance says.“In recent years, we have seen an increased level of Russian military air activity close to the Alliance’s borders,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement.About 90% of the scrambles were connected to Russian military aircraft, marking a slight increase from the previous year, NATO said.A frequent complaint from NATO is that the Russian military often fly without transponders or flight plans, which makes them invisible to civilian air traffic controllers and poses a risk to civilian airliners.

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