A group of eleven Su-24 attack aircraft, flying in attack formation, turned away just before infringing on Norwegian airspace, on February 14th, 2018, according to the Director of Norway’s Intelligence Service, Lieutenant General Morten Haga Lunde, during his annual speech for the Oslo Military Society on Monday.
Haga Lunde had earlier in the day presented Focus 2019 (in Norwegian), the intelligence service’s report on threats and security analyses.
«Russia’s rhetoric against Norway has grown sharper,» the intelligence director said.
«Russia’s military activity in our region signals dismay with Norway,» Haga Lunde said and stressed that there are «no indications that relations between Russia and the West will improve in 2019.»
He then showed the map of how a group of 11 Sukhoi-24 (NATO name Fencer) supersonic attack aircraft taking off from Monchegorsk air base on the Kola Peninsula flying out in the Barents Sea before making a 180 degree turn into an attack formation towards Vardø.
Vardø is Norway’s most northeastern town.