European NATO jets showcase unified Russian deterrence

13 September 2018

British, French and German fighter jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe on Wednesday as part of NATO drills to deter Russian planes from entering allied airspace and to showcase European efforts to integrate their air defences. Fighter pilots carrying air-to-air missiles from 10 NATO nations took turns to simulate the interception of a Belgian air force transport plane en route to Spain.

Spanish Air Force Lieutenant General said the relations with Russia had changed and forced NATO to make sure the alliance's airspace was correctly protected. Some 60 NATO jets are on alert to defend alliance airspace. This month, Moscow is holding its largest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union, with some 1,000 aircraft.