At a distance of less than 100 meters
NATO: Russian fighter jets approach naval build-up
11/19/2022, 5:35 PM
According to the NATO military alliance, there was a dangerous incident with Russian warplanes in the Baltic Sea: the plane reportedly approached a naval unit within a few dozen meters. NATO describes the maneuver as “unsafe and unprofessional”.
According to NATO, two Russian warplanes approached the alliance’s ships operating in the Baltic Sea in a dangerous maneuver. In Thursday’s incident, the aircraft flew 73 meters past the SNMG1 Naval Association, the responsible NATO headquarters in Northwood, near London, said. The height of the plane is only 300 feet, which corresponds to about 91 meters. Attempts to contact the pilots did not respond.
A NATO spokesman said the aircraft were two-seat SU-24 tactical bombers, bearing the NATO code name “Fencer” (German: Fektor). Accordingly, the Allies alerted the rapid readiness of their air forces. The Russians would have followed the planes until they left the area again.
Naval Association SNMG1 was less than 50 kilometers from the Polish port city of Gdansk. The spokesman did not say how the ships’ crews reacted to the plane’s approach or which units were involved. For example, fighter jets were meanwhile discovered by a fire control radar so that they could be shot down in an emergency. The spokesman said it was unlikely the Russian planes were armed with missiles.
According to NATO, the maneuver was particularly dangerous because the Russian pilots were flying in an area considered a danger zone and currently being used by the alliance for anti-aircraft exercises. The approach must therefore be classed as “unsafe and unprofessional” and has increased the risk of miscalculations, errors and accidents, according to the headquarters in Northwood.
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