F-16s intercept Russian bombers

2 Dutch F-16s today took off from Leeuwarden Airbase to intercept 2 Russian bombers.

An image of a Tu-95 seen through an F-16 head-up display during a previous interception

The Russian aircraft, Tu-95 Bears, entered the Dutch area of responsibility without identifying themselves. Air combat controllers of Nieuw Milligen Air Operations Control Station ordered the Dutch fighters to approach the Bears.

The F-16s intercepted the Russians right on the border of the area for which the Netherlands is responsible within a NATO context. The two fighters accompanied the Bears until British aircraft took over the task.

The last interception of this type was on 11 September 2012.