Norwegian F-16s scrambled to intercept Russian strategic bombers
Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers flew over the Barents, Norwegian and North Sea. At several parts of the route, they were escorted by Norwegian fighters, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced.
The department noted that Russian bombers regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, Black and Baltic Seas and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. These flights, the Russians claim, are done in complete compliance with international regulations, and do not violate the borders of any other countries.
On August 9, several MiG-31 fighters, six anti-submarine Tu-142s and an Il-38 flew over the Norwegian Sea off the coast of Scandinavia. “Flights to search for the submarines of a hypothetical enemy were conducted in international airspace over the Barents and Norwegian Sea,” the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The MiG-31s escorted the naval aircraft and rehearsed air combat tactics. The Barents Observer wrote that Norwegian fighters were scrambled to intercept the group of Russian aircraft on three occasions.