Royal Netherlands Air Force Do Double Dutch Intercept

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Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s made their first two intercepts Jan. 26 since they were deployed to Lithuania for NATO's Baltic air policing mission at the beginning of the month.

The F-16s intercepted a Russian Antonov An-26 Curl and Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer flying north from Kaliningrad in international airspace close to the Baltic states. A flight plan had been filed but the aircraft's transponders were not visible and they were not in contact with air traffic control, which is potentially dangerous, according to the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

After intercepting and identifying the Russian aircraft, the Dutch F-16s returned to the Lithuanian air base of Siauliai, where they are on 24-hour quick reaction alert until the end of April.

The Dutch Ministry of Defense has produced a nice video of the RNLAF mission.

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on Jan 27, 2017

Shocking!

on Jan 27, 2017

Ot is nice to see recognition given to our NATO allies for the work they do to meet organization needs.

Other unnoticed operations are Danish troops headed to the ISI fight and the Danish frigate Peter Willemoes en route to join Carrier Strike Group 2 operating against Daesh (ISIS).

on Jan 28, 2017

What's the problem? The Rooskies are now our BFF, right?

on Jan 28, 2017

That is cool, President Putin is doing some airshows for free!!

on Jan 29, 2017

It would be nice if more of the "airshows" were flown in crowded Baltic airspace with their transponders on.

on Jan 29, 2017

Does NATO birds always fly with transponders ON when "they are having fun enjoying the beautiful Russian landscapes"?

on Jan 30, 2017

Can only say you are correct, Mark.

on Jan 31, 2017

This would have been a perfect introduction for the F-35A. Sneak up from behind, and then "smile".

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