Russia’s Defense Ministry released new footage shows a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea.
The airspace control equipment registered a target over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea approaching the Russian state border, the ministry said.
“A quick reaction alert Su-27 fighter jet from the Air Defense Force was scrambled to intercept the target in the air. The Russian fighter’s crew approached the air object at a safe distance and identified it as a P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane of the US Air Force,” the ministry noted.
After the removal of a foreign aircraft from the state border of the Russian Federation, the Russian fighter returned safely to the home airfield, the ministry added.
Early also was reported that the Russian airspace control equipment spotted the Swedish reconnaissance aircraft Gulfstream over the Baltic Sea close to the Russian border, adding that the Russian Su-27 jet was scrambled to intercept it.
“The crew of the Russian fighter approached a safe distance from an air object, identified it as a reconnaissance plane Gulfstream of the Swedish Air Force, which flew without a transponder turned on,” the Russian ministry’s department of information and mass communications said in a statement.
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation also released video showed Su-27 fighter intercepted Swedish reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea.