Russia says MiG-31 fighter aircraft scrambled to escort Orion aircraft

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A MiG-31 fighter jet of the Northern Fleet Air Defence Forces escorted a Norwegian R-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea, the Defence Ministry said.

The interceptor took to the skies after airspace controls detected a target over the sea area approaching the country’s border.

“The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as the R-3C Orion base patrol aircraft of the Norwegian Air Force and escorted it over the Barents Sea. As a result of the professional actions of the fighter crew, tracking and control over the manoeuvres of the foreign warship was ensured,” the defence ministry said.

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