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Wed, 10 Dec, 2014 12:08:04 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Dec. 10
 
Defence Forces Handout picture of fighter Tu-95 aircraft.Photo – Lehtikuva.
A number of Russian military planes including strategic bombers have recently been detected flying very close to the Finnish airspace.
 
According to the Finnish Defence Forces, the past few days have seen an unusually intense Russian air activity over the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea.
 
The air activity intensified on December 6 and has continued during the first days of the week.
 
However, the Defence Forces maintained that no violations of Finnish airspace have been observed.
 
The Russian planes are said to have departed from bases within Russia’s mainland and headed towards Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and returned using the same general routing.
 
Defence Forces Handout picture of Tu-22M aircraft. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Russian planes have comprised fighters, bombers and transport aircraft and specific aircraft types such as the Tu-95, Tu-22M, Su-34, Su-27, Su-24, and MiG-31 along with a range of transport planes.
 
“The Tu-95 is a rare sight in the Baltic Sea. I have no recollection of their presence in the past,” said Chief of Staff of Air Force Command Brigadier General Petri Tolla.
 
The Defence Forces said the country have stepped up air policing and adjusted its identification flight effort to meet the demands.
 
The Air Force has launched F/A-18 Hornets to identify specific targets, said the Defence Forces.
 
 
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