On Nov 28, Belgian Air Forc F-16 Fighting Falcon which was deployed in the Baltics, scrambled to intercept Russian Su-27 Flanker jets in the Baltic Region, the Belgian Air Force tweeted on Thursday. The announcement did not mention how many Russian aircraft were escorted by Belgian fighters or where it occurred. No information about the actual area of interception, or the number of aircraft on any of the sides was disclosed.
Yesterday, #F16 @beairforce, currently deployed in the #Baltic Region ?????? to safeguard the integrity of @NATO airspace, intercepted #Russian Flanker Jets flying w/o flight plan. Our mission @BelgiumDefence is to protect your security pic.twitter.com/JBjFxSLXTc
— Belgian Air Force?? (@BeAirForce) November 29, 2018
It’s the third time this week with the Russian and Belgian planes involved in this area. On November 22, Russian Su-24 frontline bombers hovered over two Belgian Navy frigates, performing manoeuvres on the dangerously close distance. The Belgian vessels were involved in NATO maritime drills at the time. Besides, a Russian submarine took up not far from one of the Belgian frigates; the Russian vessel did not take any aggressive actions, but the crew took photos of the Belgian ships.