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Norway military unruffled by Russia planes. Norwegian-Russian air relations remain in a “business as usual state” on a general level, a military spokesperson says about warplane sightings. Officials recently announced that two Norwegian F-16 fighter jets identified Russian aircraft flying close to Norwegian air territory. They were over the Norwegian and North Seas, with both incidents happening within the space of three days of each other.

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Norway military unruffled by Russia planes

Published on Friday, 7th November, 2014 at 16:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last Updated on 7th November 2014 at 17:56.

Norwegian-Russian air relations remain in a “business as usual state” on a general level, a military spokesperson says about warplane sightings.

Two F-16s under takeoff from Souda Bay
This picture shows the planes in action during Norway's participation in Operation Unified Protector in 2011.Two F-16s under takeoff from Souda Bay
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun


Officials recently announced that two Norwegian F-16 fighter jets identified Russian aircraft flying close to Norwegian air territory.

They were over the Norwegian and North Seas, with both incidents happening within the space of three days of each other.

Four Tu-95 strategic bombers accompanied by Il-78 tankers were spotted flying from Russia’s Kola Peninsula and out over the Barents Sea, Norwegian broadcaster TV2 reported.

Publication Barents Observer wrote that the incident two days earlier saw the aircraft flying southbound along Norway’s northern coast.

Both sightings identified the same aircraft types in airspace close to Norway’s borders. They were not violating Norwegian airspace, Norway Ministry of Defence officials told The Foreigner, Friday.

The events were no different from how they have been for the last few years on a general level, according to the military, with the number of scrambles and IDs the same since 2006.

Moreover, “the planes were flying in international airspace, so there was no conflict,” said press spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen. “We’re familiar with their strategies.”

NATO radars tracked the aircraft at the time.

“These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” according to a statement released.

“What is significant is that across history, most of these incursions have been very small groups of airplanes, sometimes singletons or at most, two aircraft,” US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe said during a Pentagon briefing..

“What you saw this past week was a larger, more complex formation of aircraft carrying out a little deeper -- and I would say a little bit more provocative -- flight path,” the General added.

The Norwegian military has compiled a list of scrambles and IDs for the 2006-14 period (up to 31st October).

Compared with recent years, there was a large increase between 2006 and 2007, with scrambles and IDs up 260 per cent and 530 per cent, respectively. 2007-08 saw roughly the same levels:

2006-07: Scrambles: 47 (increase from 13), IDs: 88 (up from 14).
2007-08:
Scrambles: 32 (-30 per cent), IDs: 87 (same)
2009:
Scrambles: 38, IDs: 77
2010:
Scrambles: 36, IDs: 37
2011:
Scrambles: 34, IDs: 48
2012:
Scrambles: 41, IDs: 71
2013:
Scrambles: 41, IDs: 58
2014:
Scrambles: 39, IDs: 62 (up to 31/10/14)

“The number of IDs during the 1980s was approximately 500–600 per year. This was drastically reduced during the 1990s and early 2000s,” the military said.



Published on Friday, 7th November, 2014 at 16:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last updated on 7th November 2014 at 17:56.

This post has the following tags: russia, planes, norway.





  
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