June 6, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– topwar.ru, translated by Tom Winter –
Russian fighter intercepts American B-52 over the Baltic Sea
Two American strategic bombers flew over the Baltic Sea near the Russian border Tuesday, Interfax reports, citing Western sites that monitor military aircraft flights.
According to the sources, “two American B-52N bombers flew in the morning from Fairford airbase in the UK on assignment to the region of the Baltic Sea and Poland.” The aircraft carried out the flight with transponders switched off. It is also reported that Russian fighters were launched into the air to escort them.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed this information, though only about one bomber. “Airspace control facilities around 10.00 Moscow time noted an aircraft over neutral waters flying along the Russian border. A Sukhoi-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Baltic Fleet rose to intercept it,” the department reported.
“Approaching the plane, maintaining a safe distance, the Su-27 crew identified it as a B-52 strategic bomber,” the report said.
The fighter escorted an American aircraft until it turned away from the Russian border, and and it then returned to the airfield.