Canada defends the NATO airspace from Russia

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The first incident of shadowing an aircraft since Canada became in charge of the alliance’s Air Policing at the end of August

On October 18, 2018, operating as a part of NATO enhanced Air Policing in Romania, two Canadian fighter jets CF-188 Hornets intercepted a Russian Su-27 Flanker aircraft, flying close to the Romanian airspace over the Black Sea.

According to the information provided through the website of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, “when the Russian aircraft was detected by the Control and Reporting Centre of the Romanian Air Force, RCAF Hornets were scrambled by NATO’s southern Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejon, Spain.” They further escorted the Su-27 until the Russian jet left the Romanian flight information region.

Canada has approximately 135 servicemen and five CF-188 Hornets in Romania, contributing to NATO’s assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe by means of their participation in the NATO enhanced Air Policing mission from September to December 2018.

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