Finland scrambles combat jets to identify three Russian military aircraft (Photo)

01:37, 16 July 2019
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Finland's F/A-18 combat jet / Photo from

"Finnish Air Force F/A-18s on #QRA [quick reaction alert] were scrambled on 15 July to identify Russian Tu-160, A-50 and Su-35 aircraft in international airspace above the Gulf of Finland and the northern part of the Baltic Sea," the Ukrainian-registered media outlet European Pravda reported, citing the Finnish Air Force's tweet.

The Finnish Air Force said the country's airspace had not been violated.

The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau.

The Beriev A-50 is a Soviet airborne early warning and control aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport.

The Sukhoi Su-35 is the designation for two improved derivatives of the Su-27 air-defense fighter. They are single-seat, twin-engine, supermaneuverable aircraft, designed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau.

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