NATO Air Command confirmed on Tuesday that two Dutch F-35 fighter jets carried out their first A-scramble to intercept Russian military aircraft flying close to Poland airspace.
“Supported by German inets they shadowed the Russian aircraft who were posing a danger to other air users by ignoring international air safety rules,” the command said in a Twitter post.
According to the Duch Ministry of Defense, the Russian aircraft were an II-20M (known to NATO as the Coot-A) spy plane and two Su-27s (Flakers) fighter jets.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF) two F-35 fighter aircraft have intercepted three Russian aircraft in Polish airspace.
Information about this incident was shared by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 13 February.
The Dutch fighter jets have been deployed as part of the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) force in Poland. It was the first interception carried out by the F-35 Lightning II jets during this deployment.
An unidentified aircraft was spotted in Polish airspace, immediately after which two Dutch fighter planes took off to identify and guide the aircraft formation.
The MoD said that the spotted unknown aircraft were approaching the Polish Nato area of responsibility from Kaliningrad, which is a Russian exclave in the Baltic Sea.