Portuguese Air Force intercepts two Russian planes near NATO airspace


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On Monday, the Portuguese Air Force (FAP) intercepted two Russian aircraft that were approaching NATO airspace and escorted them back to the border of the Baltic states, the branch of the Armed Forces announced today.

A pair of Portuguese F-16Ms stationed at Siauliai Air Base as part of NATO’s mission in Lithuania intercepted and identified the aircraft, which had come from the Russian Federation, the FAP said in a statement.

“They were accompanied by Portuguese fighter jets to the border of the Baltic states,” he said.

The alert was issued early Monday afternoon by the Combined Air Operations Center in Uedem, when two unidentified aircraft were flying over international waters approaching NATO airspace without a flight plan, the FAP explained.

“The mission was successfully completed, thus demonstrating the high state of readiness and proficiency of the Portuguese detachment,” he added.

The Portuguese NATO mission in Lithuania has four F-16Ms and a contingent of up to 95 Air Force soldiers.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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