Norway said Wednesday it had observed an increasing number of Russian military jets near its airspace last year, amid President Vladimir Putin’s massive rearmament plan.
The Scandinavian country scrambled fighter jets on 41 occasions to inspect Russian military aircraft flying past its airspace although the planes always stayed in international territory, the Norwegian air force said in its annual report.
A total of 71 Russian military planes were identified during the sorties, the highest since 2009, it said.
“It’s important to note that none of these planes were intercepted” in Norwegian air space, said the head of the Norwegian military, Harald Sunde.
The two countries share a 196-kilometre (122-mile) border in the far north, where Russia has large military bases in the Murmansk region.
Putin, who returned to the Kremlin in May, has announced an “unprecedented” Russian rearmament, vowing to pump more than 550 billion euros ($705 billion) into the defence industry over the next 10 years.
Related Topic Tags
Keywords:recent russian airforce activity
Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions
- Iraq war/unrest/fighting
- Indonesian Aero News
- Royal Australian Navy Discussions and Updates
- Juan Carlos / Canberra Class LHD
- French Armée de l'Air News & Discussion
- F-35 Program - General Discussion
- Royal New Zealand Air Force
- Brazilian Air Force News and Discussion
- Royal Air Force [RAF] discussions and updates
- The Royal Navy Discussions and Updates
- Arms Race in Space
- New Zealand Army Organisation
- Possible Singaporean Aircraft Carrier
- Ukranian Crisis
- Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF] News, Discussions and Updates