Swedish spy plane approaches Russian airspace over Baltic Sea – reports
A Swedish intelligence plane has been spotted off Kaliningrad Region, Russia, according to Interfax. The electronic surveillance aircraft is said to be operating as part of Baltops 2016 NATO annual military exercise being held in the Baltic region.
The aircraft with call sign SVF622 could be tracked on Tuesday as it made its way along the border of the Russian airspace, flying at an altitude of 11,900 meters, the news agency said. It is thought to be an Air Force Gulfstream IVSP Electronic plane.
‘Stay away from Russian borders or keep transponders on’ - MoD on US spy planes in Baltics https://t.co/gNUhaGDSc5pic.twitter.com/l5iq2NaRus— RT (@RT_com) April 30, 2016
On Monday, Russian air defenses were alerted by US Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft also performing surveillance mission over the Baltic Sea.
US spy plane flew ‘dangerously close’ to passenger jets near Russian border – MoD https://t.co/kR65YvqKXapic.twitter.com/d9BaqOzfJ0— RT (@RT_com) May 23, 2016
Both missions, as several other performed last week, have been made within the framework of the ongoing 44th Baltops (Exercise Baltic Operations) that will last till June 19.
Pentagon claims Russian jet fighter barrel rolled within 25 feet of US reconnaissance plane https://t.co/aASQkaenf0pic.twitter.com/CRRL1mxNmy— RT (@RT_com) April 30, 2016
Military forces from 17 NATO member states are taking part in the exercise, involving 6,000 personnel, 50 military vessels and 60 aircraft. The task force is mastering interaction on land, air and sea, including transportation of military units and performing amphibious assault landings.