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Russian Bomber Forced Out of Swedish Airspace: What Happened?

The recent violation of Swedish airspace by a Russian Su-24 tactical bomber has raised concerns over territorial integrity and military protocols.

This incident unfolded near the southern tip of Gotland, leading to a swift response from the Swedish military.

The aircraft, identified as a Sukhoi Su-24 with the NATO codename “Fencer,” entered Sweden’s airspace without prior notification.

The Swedish Air Force had to deploy JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets to intercept and expel the Russian aircraft.

Despite a verbal warning from the Swedish air combat command, the intruding jet did not respond, prompting Sweden to take decisive action.

This event is not isolated, reflecting a pattern of past airspace violations.

In 2022, similar breaches occurred involving two Su-27s and two Su-24s over the same region.

The recurring nature of these incidents underscores a significant challenge for Sweden’s military.

Air Force Chief Jonas Wikman strongly condemned the Russian actions, emphasizing that such maneuvers are unacceptable and disrespectful to Swedish sovereignty.

He commended the quick and effective intervention by Swedish forces, demonstrating their readiness and capability to handle such violations.

Defense Minister Pål Jonson echoed these sentiments, stressing the unprofessional nature of the Russian incursion.

He praised the incident response team’s rapid reaction, which successfully repelled the unauthorized aircraft.

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