More Russian military aircraft near Norway in 2012, highest number since 2007

The Norwegian Air Force identified a lot more Russian military airplanes in 2012 than in previous years

From Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer:  Norwegian fighter jets were scrambled 41 times and identified a total of 71 Russian airplanes in 2012.

In 2011 there were 34 scramblings and 48 identifications, in 2010 36 scramblings and 37 identifications. . . .

The increased number of identified planes is in line with Russian political statements about more military activity in the north, [press officer Lieutenant Colonel John Espen] Lien says, but underlines that this has not yet been analyzed in detail in relation to the total Russian military activity so it is too early to draw any final conclusions.   (photo: Forsvaret)

Image: Forsvaret%201%204%2012%20Russia%20Norway.jpg