RAF Typhoon based in Lithuania intercepts a Russian IL-78 MIDAS 010720 CREDIT MOD
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RAF Typhoons Based In Lithuania Scrambled For Fifth Time

The aircraft are in Lithuania as part of NATO's Baltic Air policing mission, helping to protect the alliance's airspace in the region.

RAF Typhoon based in Lithuania intercepts a Russian IL-78 MIDAS 010720 CREDIT MOD

Royal Air Force Typhoons based in Lithuania have been scrambled for the fifth time to intercept Russian aircraft off the Baltic coast.

The fighter jets, from RAF Lossiemouth's 6 Squadron, intercepted a Russian IL-78 MIDAS air-to-air refuelling aircraft that was flying over the Baltic Sea.

The RAF said it was a routine mission.

RAF personnel and aircraft are based at Šiauliai Air Base in northern Lithuania as part of NATO's Baltic Air policing mission.

The RAF is working alongside a detachment from the Spanish Air Force at the base.

The mission sees the Royal Air Force help protect the alliance's airspace in the region.

Cover image: It is the fifth time RAF Typhoons have been launched to intercept Russian aircraft during the deployment (Picture: MOD).