Budapest, November 27 (MTI) – Hungary’s Gripen fighter planes protecting the airspace of the Baltic countries have been alerted mostly because of Russian planes, daily Magyar Idok said citing defence ministry information on Friday.
The majority of planes intercepted by them have been Russian ones but no incidents or aggressive events have been reported, the paper said.
Hungary’s Gripens started securing the Baltic airspace for four months in September in a NATO mission. The fighters are stationed on the airport of Siauliai in Lithuania.
The Hungarian Gripens have carried out 15 real interception operations and 60 trial interceptions in a total of over 300 hours of flight time, the paper said.
Source: Hungary’s Gripens alerted mostly to Russian violations of Baltic airspace