NATO radars tracked unidentified aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning. In response, NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Uedem, Germany, launched allied fighter aircraft in the Baltic region to intercept and identify the approaching aircraft. Some of the aircraft tracks were not identifiable by transponder signal and no flight plan had been filed. This may pose a flight safety hazard because civilian Air Traffic Control may not be able to track them and de-conflict with civilian air traffic.
The event demonstrates NATO’s vigilance and responsiveness to air incidents and the collective effort of our Allies to keep the airspace safe for all its users
“Our teams deployed in support of Baltic Air Policing stand ready to intercept any perceived threat to Allied airspace,” said Brigadier General Andrew Hansen, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations. “The Alliance routinely practises intercepts for this exact reason and has built the necessary muscle memory to accomplish this at a moment’s notice.”