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Royal Air Force Typhoons Retasked to Investigate Unidentified Russian Navy Corvette and Helicopter
 
RAF Typhoons have had their first encounter with Russian forces as part of their mission to protect Baltic airspace. The British fighters were already airborne on a training sortie when they were re-tasked to intercept an unidentified aircraft close to the Latvian border. At the same time Danish fighters were scrambled out Amari, Estonia, in support.
RAF Typhoons have had their first encounter with Russian forces as part of their mission to protect Baltic airspace. The British fighters were already airborne on a training sortie when they were re-tasked to intercept an unidentified aircraft close to the Latvian border. At the same time Danish fighters were scrambled out Amari, Estonia, in support.
 
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Royal Air Force Typhoons Retasked to Investigate Unidentified Russian Navy Corvette and Helicopter
 
RAF Typhoons have had their first encounter with Russian forces as part of their mission to protect Baltic airspace. The British fighters were already airborne on a training sortie when they were re-tasked to intercept an unidentified aircraft close to the Latvian border. At the same time Danish fighters were scrambled out Amari, Estonia, in support.
     
RAF Typhoons have had their first encounter with Russian forces as part of their mission to protect Baltic airspace. The British fighters were already airborne on a training sortie when they were re-tasked to intercept an unidentified aircraft close to the Latvian border. At the same time Danish fighters were scrambled out Amari, Estonia, in support.
A RAF Typhoon flies over the Russian Navy Stereguschiy class corvette
Picture: RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2014
     
The unidentified aircraft was believed to be a Ka-27 helicopter that was operating over international waters but was not 'squawking' / transmitting an Air traffic control identification code nor talking to regional air traffic control; this type of helicopter being seen on the lead ship of the Corvette fleet by the Typhoons on arrival.

The 3 Squadron aircraft, normally based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, paid a friendly visit to the Russian Stereguschiy class corvette which is the newest addition to the Russian Federation Naval fleet which is designed primarily to conduct coastal patrol operations.
     
RAF Typhoons have had their first encounter with Russian forces as part of their mission to protect Baltic airspace. The British fighters were already airborne on a training sortie when they were re-tasked to intercept an unidentified aircraft close to the Latvian border. At the same time Danish fighters were scrambled out Amari, Estonia, in support.
The Stereguschiy corvette (hull number 530, first ship of the class. Project 20380) is seen with a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter on its deck. Picture: RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2014
Link to Stereguschiy class corvette technical datasheet
     
Lead Pilot Squadron Leader Billy Cooper said; "Intercepting aircraft is something we as Typhoon pilots routinely train for in the UK and put into practice on Quick Reaction Alert in both the UK and Falkland Islands, the Typhoon’s agility makes it an ideal platform for intercepting all types of air assets from slow speed helicopters to supersonic fighters. Being re-tasked during a training mission is not unusual; we are always prepared to react and perform any tasking, it is what we are trained to do."

The incident happened on Wednesday 14 May; 4 RAF Typhoons continue to support the Polish led NATO detachment in Lithuania.