Air Force videos show intercept of Russian aircraft over Baltic Sea

The videos were released as part of an effort to highlight the U.S. military’s participation in the NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltics

The U.S. is among the NATO member countries that routinely rotate aircraft and personnel to the Baltic countries on short deployments.

Their mission is to be ready to intercept Russian aircraft that fly into the airspace around the Baltic Sea without filing a flight plan, don’t communicate civilian air traffic controllers or don’t turn on the transponders that identify them as belonging to the Russian military.