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Baltic Air Policing jets intercept Russian fighters

22 Apr 2020 18:05

Synopsis

Belgian jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission intercepted Russian fighters as they conducted low passes over a US Navy destroyer on 17 April 2020. The Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters launched from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where the air policing mission is headquartered. They then intercepted the Russian aircraft – two Su-24 Fencer attack jets, one Su-27 Flanker air superiority fighter and one Su-30 Flanker-C multirole fighter – over the USS Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer manoeuvring in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Lithuania. The F-16s conducted the intercept in a safe and professional manner. Air policing is a peacetime activity conducted 365 days a year over Alliance territory. Intercepts can be triggered when air traffic – civilian or military – does not respond to hails from air traffic controllers. Footage includes GoPro and helmet shots of Russian jets flying over the USS Donald Cook.

Teaser

Belgian jets assigned to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission intercepted Russian fighters as they conducted low passes over a US Navy destroyer on 17 April 2020.

Transcript

1. (00:00) GOPRO SHOTS – RUSSIAN SU-24 FENCER ATTACK JETS 2. (00:12) GOPRO SHOT – BELGIAN PILOT IN F-16 COCKPIT 3. (00:17) GOPRO SHOT – SU-24 JETS FLYING OVER USS DONALD COOK 4. (00:41) HELMET CAMERA – SU-24 JETS BANKING RIGHT 5. (00:51) HELMET CAMERA – SU-27 FLANKER PASSING USS DONALD COOK, WITH SU-30 FLANKER-C ABOVE 6. (00:54) HELMET CAMERA – SU-30 FLANKER-C DESCENDING TO LEVEL WITH CAMERA

Media tags

Reference
NATO808978
Date filming
17 Apr 2020 12:00
End date filming
17 Apr 2020 12:00
Location
Baltic Sea, near Lithuania
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Type
B-roll