Belgian jets scrambled for first time on Tuesday

Russian Tu-160 and Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter jet.
Russian Tu-160 and Belgian Air Force F-16 fighter jet. Source: Belgian Air Force

Belgian Air Force fighters serving NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission since Sept. 3 were scrambled for the first time on Tuesday, the Belgian Air Force announced.

Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 over the Baltic Sea, the Belgian Air Force wrote on Twitter.

The Belgian air detachment is based out of Lithuania's Šiauliai Air Base.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said a few hours later that in addition to the British fighters, the Russian aircraft were also followed by aircraft of the Danish, Polish, Finnish and Swedish air forces.


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