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May 14, 2019

Hungarian Gripen fighters intercept Russian plane in Baltic airspace

From May 1st, the Hungarian Armed Forces is leading the airspace patrol mission of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in partnership with Spain and Britain under NATO command

Gripen fighters from the Hungarian Armed Forces intercepted a Russian AN-26 military plane in Baltic airspace, the defense ministry has confirmed.

According to MTI, the Gripens received an alert from a NATO air command center in Germany that an unidentified aircraft had entered protected airspace, the ministry said. They identified the aircraft and escorted it out of the airspace.

The ministry noted that from May 1st, the Hungarian Armed Forces is leading the airspace patrol mission of the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in partnership with Spain and Britain under NATO command. Hungary will carry out the mission with four JAS-39 Gripen aircraft and some 100 soldiers for four months, the ministry said.

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