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Russian MiG-31 Intercepts Norwegian Anti-Submarine P-3C Plane Over Barents Sea

Sputnik News

16:33 06.06.2017(updated 18:19 06.06.2017)

Russia scrambled on Tuesday a jet to intercept a Norwegian patrol plane flying over neutral waters of the Barents Sea with switched-off transponders, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the ministry, a MiG-31 fighter from an air defense unit of the Northern Fleet was scrambled to identify and intercept the target.

"The interceptor approached the target at a safe distance and the crew visually identified it as a Norwegian P-3C Orion anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft," the ministry said in a statement.

"After the Norwegian aircraft changed its flight route and flew away from the Russian border, the MiG-31 interceptor returned to the base airfield," the statement said.


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