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Jul 4 2020

Allies Scrambled to Safeguard Airspace in the North Atlantic

RAMSTEIN, Germany - NATO scrambled several of its Quick Reaction Alert fighters in the North Atlantic on July 3 to intercept Russian Military aircraft operating over international waters off Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom.  

Besides Norwegian F-16 and Royal Air Force Typhoons and a Voyager tanker aircraft, Italian Air Force F-35 were scrambled for the first such alert in a real-world intercept; Italy is presently conducting NATO Air Policing out of Keflavik Air Base in Iceland. Allied jets escorted and monitored the Russian aircraft until they left NATO’s area of responsibility. 

All photos archive pictures courtesy 2x Royal Norwegian Air Force, Royal Air Force, Italian Air Force.

Story by Public Affairs Office at AIRCOM

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