F-16s intercept Russian aircraft

In the morning of 7 June, two F-16s from Volkel Air Base took off to intercept two Russian Bear T-95 aircraft. The Russians penetrated the Dutch area of responsibility without making their identities known.

The F-16s intercepted the Russians at the edge of the NATO airspace that the Netherlands is responsible for. The fighter aircraft then tailed the Bears until the Russian aircraft left the area by heading off towards British airspace north-west of Leeuwarden. The Royal Air Force took over from there.

Before the Bears entered the Dutch area of responsibility, they were being monitored by British and Danish aircraft.