According to NATO reports, the Air Force Eurofighter fighter-bombers stationed in Romania have carried out an interception mission for Russian fighter jets for the first time, in particular for two Russian Federation Sukhoi Su-30s flying over the Black Sea.
The Spanish Eurofighters, which were stationed at the Romanian base Mihail Kogalniceanu until the end of March, took action after they found on the Romanian radar network that Russian aircraft were violating international airworthiness rules over the Black Sea. According to the NATO protocol, the discovery was immediately transmitted to the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Torrejn de Ardoz (Madrid) on March 4 at 12 noon.
Immediately from this command and control center of the Atlantic Alliance, which is responsible for the surveillance of the airspace of southern Europe, through the command and control of the Romanian Air Force or FAR (Forțele Aeriene Romne), he mobilized the Spanish fighters in the aforementioned air base, entirely in close to the Romanian coast.
“During the alarm mission, our Eurofighters identified two Russian Su-30 military aircraft that were flying with no transponder signal, no flight plan, and no contact with civil air traffic control. My pilots followed the Russian aircraft, which demonstrated NATO’s ability to react immediately to these situations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jos Enrique Hernndez Medel in a statement distributed by the Alliance. After the Russian fighters turned around and returned to the northeast, the Spanish Eurofighters moved to their temporary base on the Black Sea coast, the NATO statement also explains.
The Sukhoi Su-30 is the most powerful combat aircraft in Russia until the 5th generation of the Su-57 is commissioned. Although it was not specified which service or unit the Su-30 was, it could be part of its naval aviation, which operates under the 43rd Maritime Attack Aviation Regiment from Saki Air Force Base, west of the Crimean Peninsula, the territory of which has been occupied by Russia since 2014, the caused the current crisis between Moscow and NATO.
Oddly enough, if the planes on both sides were to belong to this regiment, they would share the markings of the St. Andrew’s Cross, which has been used not only by the Air Force but also by the Russian Navy since its inception in 1699 by Peter the Great, a symbol that he was able to maintain it even during the communist era.
The Spanish mission in Romania officially began on February 1, although the deployment took place in January and will be completed by the end of March. It consists of six Eurofighter fighters who are part of the 11th wing based in Morn (Seville), as well as most of the human troops, around 130 soldiers, including pilots, mechanics, gunsmiths and other important military personnel (security, administration, IT , Intelligence, etc.) for this type of deployment. (Julio Maz)
Photo: A Su-30 of the Navy of the Russian Federation carries the flag with the St. Andrew’s Cross under the cockpit (Photo Anna Zvereva)
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