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    Russian MiG-31 Intercepts Norwegian Anti-Submarine P-3C Plane Over Barents Sea

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    Russia scrambled on Tuesday a jet to intercept a Norwegian patrol plane flying over neutral waters of the Barents Sea with switched-off transponders, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, a MiG-31 fighter from an air defense unit of the Northern Fleet was scrambled to identify and intercept the target.

    "The interceptor approached the target at a safe distance and the crew visually identified it as a Norwegian P-3C Orion anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft," the ministry said in a statement.

    "After the Norwegian aircraft changed its flight route and flew away from the Russian border, the MiG-31 interceptor returned to the base airfield," the statement said.

    Norwegian P-3C Orion
    Norwegian P-3C Orion

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