Royal Norwegian Air Drive F-35s scrambled from Evenes airbase in Northern Norway to determine Russian plane working within the Excessive North, February 2. The Norwegian Management and Reporting Middle at Sørreisa ordered the Fast Response Alert (QRA) scramble after a number of Russian plane have been detected flying out of the Kola Peninsula. The F-35s launched over the Finnmark coast, the place they recognized and shadowed a Russian A-50 Mainstay plane earlier than returning to Evenes. The Russian group of plane divided up, some returning to Russian airspace whereas others continued south into the North Atlantic.

Royal Air Drive Typhoons have been later scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in response to the incident and intercepted and shadowed two Russian Tu-95 Bear H, that are long-range bombers, and two maritime patrol Tu-142 Bear F. The Typhoons have been supported by a RAF Voyager tanker based mostly out of RAF Brize Norton. That is the primary scramble for the Norwegian F-35s since they took over QRA duties from the F-16s earlier this yr.


Russian A-50 Mainstay plane flying alongside facet the North coast of Norway. (Picture by Royal Norwegian Air Drive)

“In the present day’s Identifications, reveal that the F-35 works in its new position because the QRA out of Evenes. This 24/7/12 months Air Policing mission is essential for NATO and the Norwegian Air Drive are effectively ready and able to help,” mentioned Main Normal Rolf Folland, Air Chief Royal Norwegian Air Drive.

The Russian plane weren’t transmitting a transponder code indicating their place and altitude, didn’t file a flight plan and didn’t talk with air visitors controllers, posing a possible danger to different air customers. The Russian plane didn’t enter Allied airspace and all interactions have been secure {and professional}. The NATO Air Policing system which incorporates the QRA plane and surveillance methods stands prepared 24/7 to react to this type of incident and keep the safety of Allies’ airspace. NATO Air Policing is a crucial a part of collective defence, which serves because the spine of the Alliance.

F-35 taking of at Evenes air port, Norwegians QRA air base in the High North.
F-35 taking of at Evenes air port, Norwegians QRA air base within the Excessive North. (Picture by Royal Norwegian Air Drive)