NEWS Norwegian F-16 fighter jets were scrambled this week end to intercept Russian aircraft

On Saturday, a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) was triggered as two Russian aircrafts approached outside Norwegian air space in the north.

Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a SU-34 and Il-78.

«The QRA from Bodø identified two aircrafts by mid-Saturday, a SU-34 and a Midas,» press spokesman Lt. Col. Ivar Moen with the Joint Head Quarters says to the Barents Observer.

SU-34 is Russia’s newest tactical multirole combat aircrafts and was first time seen over the Barents Sea in 2014. Midas is the NATO name for Il-78, a refueling tanker.