Dutch F-35s intercept three Russian military planes near Poland

The Netherlands defense ministry released a statement on Monday confirming that Two Dutch F-35 fighters had intercepted a formation of three Russian military aircraft near Poland.  The aircrafts were escorted from Polish airspace by the fighter jets.

“The then unknown aircraft approached the Polish NATO area of responsibility from Kaliningrad,” as per a ministry statement translated by Reuters.

Kaliningrad is a Russian Baltic coast territory which is located between NATO and European Union members Poland and Lithuania.

“After identification, it turned out to be three aircraft: a Russian IL-20M Coot-A that was escorted by two Su-27 Flankers. The Dutch F-35s escorted the formation from a distance and handed over the escort to NATO partners.”

The Il-20M Coot-A is NATO’s code name for the Russian Ilyushin Il-20M reconnaissance aircraft while the Su-27 Flankers are NATO’s code name for the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft.

Russia’s defense ministry has not replied to a request for comment from Reuters at the time of writing.

The Netherlands’ defense ministry confirmed that eight Dutch F-35s will remain in Poland during February and March.




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