Questions tagged [flight-interception]

Interception is a process whereby military aircraft are vectored to approach and identify an unknown aircraft, sometimes followed by escorting the intruder to an airport or to the outer edge of controlled airspace, or (very very rarely) shooting it down.

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Can an intercepting fighter jet force a small propeller aircraft down without completely destroying it?

A rogue aircraft may fly into a no fly zone, and be intercepted by standard military procedure. That involves increasingly intense attempts to establish communication. When all these fail, it may be ...
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What is the lowest-speed bogey a jet fighter can intercept/escort?

Jet fighters are made to cruise at a high subsonic speed, even at a supersonic speed (supercruise?). It means that they can be flown comfortably at relatively high speeds. Jet fighters are often used ...
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How would an aircraft visually signal “in distress”?

A ship at sea would fly its flag upside down to signal it's in distress. How does a plane or airliner that has no radio or transponder visually signal that it is in distress? This question: How do ...
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When an airliner gets lost, and receives warning shots from interceptors, how should the pilots react in order to save the aircraft?

In 1983 KAL007 was shot down by the Soviets, as it got lost due to navigational errors and entered restricted airspace. The Soviet interceptors reportedly fired warning shots "which were likely not ...
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Is it legal to shoot down hijacked passenger aircraft in some countries? [closed]

Are there countries which post-9/11 have adopted legislation allowing the shoot-down of passenger aircraft under any circumstances ?
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Why shoot down a passenger plane without knowing it will crash? [closed]

Flights threatened by a passenger and flights with lost coms and even flights in technical difficulty without criminal intent and not posing a security threat are sometimes intercepted and escorted by ...
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What are the correct procedures for military aircraft interception over international waters?

I recently read this list of errors in the film Top Gun. The list is long and fairly well done, but there is one I realized when thinking about that movie and that is Maverick may have actually ...
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Which radio frequency is used during a flight interception? [duplicate]

What kind of communication do the intercepting and intercepted aircraft use? Is it the usual air-to-air frequency or the international emergency frequency?
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How do interceptors communicate with the airplane crew when the radio is dead? [duplicate]

A week ago an airplane lost the radio connection to the tower due to technical difficulties in German airspace (article in german). Thats why interceptors started to escort the plane and to check if ...
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How does a fighter “thump” an intercepted aircraft?

In P&E Never Again: A Thump on Final, commercial pilot Mike Mercer describes an encounter with an F–16 shortly before rounding out to land. Without warning, the Baron abruptly yawed 15 degrees ...
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How can a “due regard” state flight that has been intercepted indicate to their interceptor that they need to deviate around a hazard?

Military (state) aircraft sometimes conduct observation and intelligence-gathering flights near (but not within) the territorial airspaces of other countries, flying without the express permission of ...
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Unarmed F-16 — why would it happen? [closed]

As is documented here among other places, a couple of the interceptors sent after United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 were scrambled so hastily they did not have time for the ordies to visit and ...
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Do interceptor squawk codes suppress TCAS RAs?

Some parts of the world reserve a discrete squawk code for use by military interceptor operations (in the NBCAP, code 7777 is used for this). Does this squawk code, or some equivalent value, suppress ...
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How can the concept of “intercept geometry” be explained in simple terms?

Can someone expand a bit for the layman with emphasis on Intercept geometry the following image depicting the envelope of a SA-2 missile against a moving Target.
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What is the correct procedure to deal with a TCAS RA during intercept?

What is the correct procedure to follow if someone is intercepting you (or you are the F-16 driver intercepting someone else, for that matter) and you (or they, if you're the interceptor) get a TCAS ...
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Intercepts and aerial combat in IMC (or my no-fly zone is full of clouds?!)

If a reasonably modern fighter was placed into a situation where they had to engage in aerial combat while in IMC (say if radar picked up non-squawking aircraft coming from a hostile military airbase ...
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How do fighter jets communicate with an intercepted plane that's lost comms?

RAF Typhoons were scrambled today to intercept an Antonov 26 that lost comms, triggering a sonic boom over London. The flight was escorted to Stansted airport, and the answer at What's the point ...
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Emergency landing at Air Force airfield [duplicate]

What would happen if I perform an emergency landing at an Air Force airfield? Would they send fighters planes to intercept me? Would they arrest me? Would they detain my aircraft?
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What's the point of intercepting an aircraft?

I know that it's possible for military aircraft to "intercept" a civilian or foreign aircraft (and I'm well aware of the US interception procedures), but why would they be doing it in the first place?...