Dutch F-35 intercept, escort away Russian warplanes nearing Polish airspace

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Dutch F-35 jets intercepted and escorted away three Russian warplanes after they neared Polish airspace on Monday, said Dutch Defense Ministry.

The Russian IL-20M Coot-A reconnaissance and signals plane and two SU-27 Flanker fighter planes were escorted ‘from a distance and handed over escort to NATO partners,’ said the ministry.

NATO air command said on Monday morning that German Eurofighters shadowed the Russian craft, ‘who were posing a danger to other air users by ignoring international air safety rules.’

This was the first scrambling of the Dutch fighters since deployed at the Malbork air base in northern Poland. The jets are tasked with monitoring NATO airspace and ‘air policing’ until the end of March…”

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