Jun 1, 2014

Finnish jets were unable to respond to Russian airspace violations

Commander-in-chief of the Finnish Defence Forces, has in an interview with YLE that confirmed that fighter jets of the Finnish Air Force were unable to respond to the violations of Finnish airspace by two Russian aircraft on 20 May.
The jets were not on standby due to attempts to reduce the backlog of overtime and were only able to respond to the violations four hours after the detection.
A few hours after the intrusions, also a third Russian aircraft was detected approaching the southern coast of Finland, but it was intercepted by two jets deployed by the Karelia Air Command.

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