Posts tagged as Air policing Mission

Air detachments conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at a ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On May 2 a hand over-take over ceremony will take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai for the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission units – the leaving Polish air Force Detachment will transfer the lead of the mission to the incoming Hungarian Air Force Detachment. Augmentation to the mission conducted from Lithuania will be sent in by the Spanish Air Force. It is a special rotation of…

NATO jets in air policing duties scrambled three times last week

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission were scrambled three times last week, identifying and escorting Russian Federation military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuania’s defense ministry said on Monday, as reported by BNS. Russian Sukhoi Su-27 multirole fighter and Su-24MR all-weather attack aircraft  were reportedly intercepted on two occasions, and an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft was…

Royal Air Force Wittering Drivers Support NATO Air-Policing Mission

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Royal Air Force drivers from RAF Wittering are deploying tonnes of vital equipment to Estonia as the RAF prepares to deploy Typhoon jets to conduct the NATO Baltic air-policing mission this summer. The drivers, from RAF Wittering based 2 Mechanical Transport (2MT) Squadron, are supporting the initial deployment by getting the vital equipment required to conduct the mission to Estonia. 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron trucks have been rolling out from the Cambridgeshire station all…

NATO air policing mission intercepts five Russian planes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO’s air policing mission were scrambled four times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian defence ministry reported. On 13 February, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet was intercepted flying from mainland Russia to the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The plane was flying with its onboard transponder off, did…

Poland to take lead in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Polish Air Force is preparing to return to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from January 2019 on, while Germany continues to be the augmenting nation flying out of Ämari Air Base, Estonia, NATO announced December 13. The Polish Air Force will deploy four F-16C/D Block 52+ fighter jets to Šiauliai. This will be the eighth time, the Polish Air Force has supported NATO’s mission safeguarding…

Bodø Air Base – backbone of Trident Juncture’s Air Component

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bodø is a small Norwegian town, just north of the arctic circle with approximately 51,000 inhabitants. It is also the home of NATO’s northernmost operational Air Base in Europe. From 25 October to 8 November 2018 the base is playing a significant role for Exercise Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years. Bodø Air Base looks back at a long and proven history in NATO. For many years…

Luik meets with NATO, European, Belgian defence chiefs in Brussels

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput in Brussels on Monday to discuss the upcoming NATO summit, European defence initiatives as well as bilateral defence cooperation. “The stationing of NATO units on the alliance’s eastern flank has been a remarkable step in strengthening deterrence in order…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on May 14 – 20, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

On May 14-20 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On May 14 NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft intercepted one IL-20 flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad. The aircraft had a flight plan, radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre…

Portugal to take the lead of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission, Spain and France to send augmentation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

On May 2 rotations conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. After four months of duty the Danish Air Force Detachment will hand over the mission to colleagues from Portugal and Spain. Portugal will head the 47th NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and patrol the Baltic skies with four F-16s. Spain will deploy six Eurofighter Typhoon…

NATO occupation of the Baltic sky

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, April 26, 2018

NATO fighter aircraft conducting Air Policing Mission the in the Baltic states were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation over the Baltic Sea, according to the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania last week. As we know, NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states is carried out by the Danish Air Force since January. It consists of four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters which…