Ukraine war: after contact in the “danger area”: ​​NATO planes chase Kremlin fighter jets

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ukrainian warAfter contact in the “danger area”: ​​NATO planes pursue Kremlin fighter jets

As the defense alliance reports, two SU-24 bombers flew over on Thursday just a few dozen meters from the SNMG1 naval unit over the Baltic Sea.

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In the Baltic Sea, two Russian warplanes have come dangerously close to a NATO naval unit.  In the image an SU-24 of the Russian Air Force during an exercise.

In the Baltic Sea, two Russian warplanes have come dangerously close to a NATO naval unit. In the image an SU-24 of the Russian Air Force during an exercise.

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This was announced by the headquarters responsible for the defense alliance on Saturday.  The event occurred on Thursday.

This was announced by the headquarters responsible for the defense alliance on Saturday. The event occurred on Thursday.

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Specifically, two SU-24s are said to have approached the SNMG1 naval unit to a good 70 meters.  The pilots flew just under 100 meters above the sea surface and did not respond to contact attempts.

Specifically, two SU-24s are said to have approached the SNMG1 naval unit to a good 70 meters. The pilots flew just under 100 meters above the sea surface and did not respond to contact attempts.

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that’s what it’s all about

  • Apparently, there was a dangerous situation between NATO forces and Russian fighter jets in the Baltic Sea this week.

  • Two SU-24 fighter jets flew past a naval force less than a hundred meters away.

  • The pilots did not appear to respond to contact attempts.

According to NATO, two Russian warplanes have approached alliance ships operating in the Baltic Sea in a dangerous maneuver. In the incident on Thursday, the plane flew over the SNMG1 naval association at a distance of only about 73 meters, the responsible NATO headquarters in Northwood, near London, said. The flight altitude was only 300 feet, which corresponds to around 91 meters. The pilots did not react to the contact attempts.

NATO planes chased the Russians

A spokeswoman said on Saturday the planes were two-seat SU-24 tactical bombers, which carry the NATO code name “Fencer” (German: Fechter). Consequently, the Allies alarmed the rapid readiness of their air force. The Russians would then have chased aircraft until they left the area again. The SNMG1 naval association was located less than 50 kilometers from the Polish port city of Gdansk (Gdansk).

NATO conducted anti-aircraft exercises in the area

The spokeswoman did not say how the ships’ crews reacted to the approach of the aircraft and which units were involved. It is conceivable, for example, that fighter planes were meanwhile detected by fire control radar so that they could be shot down in an emergency. The spokeswoman said the Russian planes were probably not armed with missiles.

According to NATO, the maneuver was particularly risky because the Russian pilots were flying in an area that is considered a danger zone and that the alliance is currently using for anti-aircraft exercises. Therefore, the approach should be classified as “unsafe and unprofessional” and has increased the risk of miscalculations, errors and accidents, according to the Northwood headquarters. The incident must Tensions between Russia and NATO squeeze more.

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