A Russian Su-27 fighter jet is suspected to have violated Finland’s airspace on Thursday afternoon at the Gulf of Finland, south of Porvoo at 16:43. The jet was photographed by the Finnish Air Force. The suspected violation lasted about a minute. The aircraft flew in the Finnish airspace for 13 kilometers, in depth of one kilometer.
In the evening, another Russian Su-27 jet violated the airspace at the same location at 21:33.
Russian warplanes have been active over the Baltic Sea during Thursday. The Finnish Border Guard is investigating the airspace violations.
The Su-27 is a big long-range air superiority fighter, comparable to the U.S. F-15 but, according to www.fighter-planes.com, superior in many respects. At airshows, the Su-27 demonstrated an exceptional controllability at high angles of attack.
On Friday, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work visits Helsinki. In connection with Works visit, a meeting between the U.S., Nordic and Baltic Permanent/state secretaries or deputy ministers will be held in Helsinki to among others discuss security issues in Northern Europe, regional and transatlantic defense cooperation.
At the negotiations, a Statement of Intent on bilateral defense cooperation between Finland and the United States is to be signed by the Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö and Mr. Work.