The increased tempo of operations by Russia’s armed forces over the Baltic Sea is putting a burden on the Swedish air force’s flying operations, the country’s air chief says.
Byden pointed to a pair of incidents last year involving near collisions with airliners departing Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport. The airliners came into close proximity with Russian air force Il-20 “Coots” operating in midlevel altitudes in international airspace near where the airliners were climbing to cruise height.
Byden said work was ongoing to improve communication. But giving air traffic controllers access to primary radar data, like that used by the military for air defense, was unlikely due to security concerns.