How does an air interception work?

STAGE 1: one of our radars picks up
what it thinks is an unidentified aircraft and reports that to its central controlling
agency either in Germany or in Spain. We’ve got two of them in NATO. STAGE 2 is that the people in one of those coordinating centres uses the pictures that it’s been given, combines that with
intelligence, indicators and warnings, and a general feel for what’s going on, and decides whether that airplane
needs to be investigated further. STAGE 3 if it decides that it wants to
be investigated further, it will look at which one of the approximately 30 airplanes that are constantly on readiness inside NATO is the most appropriate and
will alert that to get airborne to go and have a look at that airplane. STAGE 4: Those airplanes will get airborne
as quickly as they can, notionally within 10 minutes, to intercept, to get close enough
to the airplane to have a look what it is, look what it’s doing,
whether it’s suspicious, record what it’s doing, escort it
if it’s particularly close to NATO’s territory until it leaves. STAGE 5: All of that information is
reported back to the central control and then the airplanes will return to base.

11 Replies to “How does an air interception work?”

  1. Nice video. Question. What about if an aircraft is to be shot out of the sky? How to make sure it doesn't crash on a densely populated area?

  2. This video doesn't tell when an aircraft is allowed to be shot down.
    So what is the military point of view that Turkey shot down the Russian airplane and not escort it? Is it justified or should they have escorted the plane out of their airspace?

  3. So that is how it works every day, everywhere else on the planet,  except on one particular day in the USA.  Hum…..

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