Danish F-16 fighter jet moves out for more intruders

The past year has seen an increase in the number of alarmeringer with skarpladte Nato aircraft around the Baltic sea. When a foreign military aircraft approac

Danish F-16 fighter jet moves out for more intruders

The past year has seen an increase in the number of alarmeringer with skarpladte Nato aircraft around the Baltic sea.

When a foreign military aircraft approaching the Danish airspace, two armed F-16 fighter jets scrambled from the Air base Skrydstrup.

With a month left of 2019, it has already happened more times than last year.

The same is the case of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Here is the Danish fighter jets are currently a part of the Nato mission "Baltic Air Policing".

Together, both the domestic as well as Nato-libya around the Baltic sea in 2019 been triggered good 25 percent more than last year.

according to new figures from Nato and the Defense according to DR News.

- I think it is very worrying that we see the need for that we are present, says defence minister Trine Team (S), Thursday visited the fighter jet contribution in Lithuania, to DR News.

In 2018, went to the Baltic Air Policing on the wings 145 times. In the years has the alarm preliminary occurred 195 times. At the domestic afvisningsberedskab is alarmeringerne increased from 38 all of last year to the preliminary 47 in 2019.

the air force task is to show a possible foreign power, that you keep an eye on and take care of his airspace. But there are also security reasons.

The Russian military aircraft that do not follow the official flight path, can be a danger to civilian passenger traffic in the area.

- There has been a certain increase of the Russian luftaktivitet in 2019. This is partly due to the fact that there has been held a series of military exercises in the area, with consequent activity in the waters off the coast of the baltic countries, informs a Nato press officer.

- It is not because Russia is making ready to attack. But running a kind of game between Nato and Russia, which are at odds with each other for the time being, says Karsten Marrup, director of the Center for air operations at the defense college.

The increased activity in the skies is probably also connected with the fact that Russia has turned down for action in Syria, he explains.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 28 November 2019, 20:01

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