Posts tagged as air policing

Germans join NATO’s Air Policing mission in Lithuania

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Fifteen fighter aircrafts are currently guarding airspace over the Baltic states after NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission in Lithuania has been reinforced by Germany’s Air Force Eurofighters. The German Air Force detachment was deployed to Šiauliai Airbase in northern Lithuania under a bilateral agreement between Germany and the United Kingdom, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday. In Šiauliai, the Germans joined the UK detachment that is carrying the mission…

NATO Air Policing scrambled twice to intercept Russian planes

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Last week NATO fighter aircraft were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On February 4, NATO jets intercepted one Ilyushin Il-76 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder on, according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre. On February 7, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted one Tupolev…

NATO air policing exercises begin in Baltic airspace

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The alliance’s annual Ramstein Alloy exercise is underway in the airspace of the three Baltic states, with allied air forces practising air policing and airspace control as well as the cooperation of allied and local units. According to the Lithuanian defense ministry, some 20 aircraft are participating this year. Specific situations played through in the course of the exercise include refuelling while airborne, loss of contact, and search and rescue…

Germany to take over Baltic air policing mission from France

Monday, August 27, 2018

A German Air Force unit is about to take over the NATO air policing duties performed out of the Amari air base in Estonia from France. The ceremony of the handover of the rotation will take place at the Amari base on Thursday, spokespeople for the Estonian Defense Ministry said. The German Air Force will use four Eurofighter jets to police the skies of the Baltic countries. The French Air Force…