Norwegian fighter jets moved out to identify unknown aircraft 34 times last year

F-16Photo: Rune Stoltz Bertinussen / NTB
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58 Russian aircraft were identified by the Armed Forces outside Norwegian airspace during last year. All identifications took place in international airspace.

According to the Norwegian Armed Forces Forum, Norwegian F-16 fighter jets identified 58 Russian aircraft near Norwegian airspace last year.

“This is ‘within the normal range’ in light of (developments in) recent years,” spokesperson Ivar Moen at the Armed Forces’ operational headquarters (FOH) stated.

The Norwegian fighter jets took off from Bodø based on QRAs (Quick Reaction Alert) from NATO. The QRA is NATO’s procedure for addressing threats in the Alliance’s airspace.

In 2020, Norwegian fighter jets moved out 34 times to identify unknown aircraft near Norwegian airspace.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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