BRUSSELS — NATO states that Russian military action close to the alliance’s airspace increased marginally this season since its jets throughout Europe scrambled over 400 occasions to escort or darkness unidentified aircraft.
In a statement published Monday, NATO said nearly 90%, roughly 350 of those assignments, were linked to flights from Russian military aircraft.
“That is a moderate rise from 2019,” NATO said. “Russian military aircraft frequently don’t transmit a transponder code indicating their position and elevation, don’t file a flight plan, or don’t communicate with air traffic controls, posing a possible threat to civilian airliners.”
NATO includes two air operations centers — one in Germany, covering northern Europe, and also one in Spain covering the south — that collectively monitor all air moves across Europe.