A Russian surveillance aircraft was intercepted in the Romanian air space in May by the Royal Air Force squadron stationed at Mihal Kogalniceanu air base in Constanta, Wing Commander Chris Ball, the chief of British squadron at the Kogalniceanu base, has said on Tuesday.
Around 150 British personnel are currently stationed in the Eastern European city of Constanta as part of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission alongside American and Romanian forces.
The British personnel were deployed to Romania on April 17 for four months as part of Op Biloxi, policing the skies above the Black Sea.
Asked how many unauthorized flights have been intercepted in the Romanian air space by the Royal Air Force representatives since they arrived in Romania, the chief of the 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, commander Chris Ball, replied that the first such flight has been detected in early May, but refused to go into details.
According to iwcp.co.uk, it was a Russian Federation Air Force IL-20 entered Nato airspace on May 4 and they practice for a similar event twice a week.
Ball added that they are working closely alongside the Romanians operating the Mig 21s, as well as with the American colleagues stationed at Kogalniceanu air base.
The Royal Air Force celebrated 100 years of existence on Tuesday and a parade has been held on this occasion, in partnership with the Romanian Navy and Air Force.