Gripen fighters of the Hungarian Air Force intercepted a British aircraft entering Hungarian airspace from Romania on Wednesday late in the afternoon, the defence ministry told MTI.
The fighters were scrambled to identify the A321 aircraft en route from Antalya to London.
The aircraft failed to establish radio contact with civilian air control and the NATO Integrated Air Defense System alerted the Hungarian army’s air policing unit, the ministry said.
The Gripens identified the aircraft within a short while and escorted it out of Hungarian airspace to Austria, the ministry said.
As we wrote on August, Hungary’s Gripen fighters patrolling the airspace over the Baltic states have been alerted more than 40 times since starting their mission in May, the commander of the unit in charge of the mission said, read more HERE.