I offer you a note from the Norwegian newspaper that I found today on the "inoSMI." Results of the year of our aviation in general in this area, and in particular long-distance.
In 2012, the Norwegian Air Force fighter jets identified at the borders of its airspace much more Russian military aircraft than in previous years.
In 2012, the Norwegian fighter jets took off 41 times, identifying a total of 71 Russian aircraft.
In 2011, they rose 34-fold and identified 48 aircraft in 2010 — respectively 36 times and 37 aircraft.
"In 2010 and 2011, the number of identified aircraft were smaller, but the number of fighter sorties were about the same. In 2012, the fighters took off about as often as the average in the period 2007-2009., — Says a spokesperson for the Joint Command Staff Lieutenant Colonel John Espen Lien told the newspaper «AvisaNordland». — And a direct link between the number of flights and the number of the identified fighter aircraft no. "
The increased number of identified aircraft is consistent with the Russian political statements about the expansion of its military presence in the north, Lien said, stressing that the detailed analysis in relation to the total Russian military activity has not been done, so it is too early to draw any conclusions.
The Russian presence in the airspace in the north-west of the changes over the years. In the mid-1980s, recorded by 500-600 aircraft per year. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the number dropped sharply — to 3.5 per year in the period 1999-2000. In 2007, President Vladimir Putin ordered to expand its presence in the international arena, and in that year there were already 88 aircraft.