London, Royal Air Force Typhoons deployed in Estonia scramble for the first time since taking over the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission in the country, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

On Tuesday 14 May Typhoon jets launched a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) scramble out of ?mari Air Base in response to two Russian SU-27 Flanker fighter aircraft and one IL-22 aircraft that were flying along the Baltic coast heading towards Kaliningrad.

On Wednesday 15 May Typhoons once again launched from ?mari to intercept another two SU-27 aircraft and an IL-22 and escorted the formation towards Russia.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said: ” we are committed to defending NATO’s borders and will support our Allies in deterring any threats”.

Source: Jordan News Agency