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European NATO jets showcase unified Russian deterrence

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By ITN News Editor September 13, 2018 12:27

European NATO jets showcase unified Russian deterrence

British, French and German fighter jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe as part of NATO drills to deter Russian planes from entering allied airspace and to showcase European efforts to integrate their air defences.Fighter pilots carrying air-to-air missiles from 10 NATO nations took turns to simulate the interception of a Belgian air force transport plane en route to Spain, performing visual inspections of the aircraft’s status by hovering off the wings at speeds of 900 km/hour.

Some 60 NATO jets, mainly from European allies, are on alert to defend alliance airspace, as NATO deals with a dramatic increase in Russian air activity on its borders since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, with a record 870 interceptions in the Baltics alone in 2016.This month, Moscow is holding its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union, with some 1,000 aircraft.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 13, 2018 12:27
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