Posts tagged as aircraft

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…

Typhoons scrambled twice in one day to intercept Russian aircraft

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia launched twice on Tuesday 25th June to intercept Russian military aircraft flying close to (but not inside) Estonian airspace. Typhoons first intercepted a Russian military transport aircraft before later intercepting two Russian Flanker fighters and another military transport aircraft. This is a routine mission for the Typhoons conducting NATO enhanced Air Policing, providing reassurance that the UK is working in…

U.S. Marine dies of injuries in Australian training accident

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

U.S. Marine has died after being hurt in a vehicle accident during training exercises in northern Australia, the Marine Corps said on Wednesday. About 2,500 U.S. Marines are stationed in the tropical city of Darwin, strategically located on the coastal doorstep of neighbouring Indonesia, as part of an annual rotation programme that began in 2011. Lance Corporal Hans Sandoval-Pereyra died on Tuesday after being hurt in the vehicle accident at…

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…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

Russian Baltic Fleet’s warplanes practice intercepting air targets

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pilots of the Baltic Fleet’s fighter aircraft regiment stationed in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region practiced intercepting air targets and delivering strikes against a notional enemy’s facilities, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “The crews of Su-27 fighter planes performed elements of aerobatic maneuvers and training missions to intercept high-speed targets in the sky over the Kaliningrad Region and practiced measures for the forceful landing of a notional enemy’s aircraft…

Plane makes emergency landing in Vilnius as passenger dies

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Boeing 757 plane made an emergency landing in Vilnius on Tuesday after a male passenger died aboard the aircraft. The Boeing 757 landed in Vilnius Airport at 3:23 p.m., Marius Zelenius, head of communications at Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), told. It was met by an emergency medical crew, but the man was already dead. The plane of Privilege Style, a Spanish charter airline, was on its way from Zaragoza to St. Petersburg in Russia.…

New Baltic Air Policing nations successful during first scramble

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Both Allied detachments in the Baltics conducted their first alert scramble yesterday performing visual identification of Russian Federation aircraft that flew in international airspace close to NATO territory and were not on a flight plan. Around noon on September 5, NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany ordered the German Eurofighters at Ämari, Estonia, to take off to successively check on two Russian Federation aircraft. The IL-76 and An-26…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 30 – August 5, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

On July 30 – August 5 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On July 30 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states intercepted an AN-26 flying from Kaliningrad oblast to the mainland of the Russian Federation without…

Russian manufacturer launches program to develop super-heavy transport aircraft

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This year, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will begin the coordination of a program to develop a super-heavy transport aircraft with the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, the corporation’s annual report revealed on Tuesday. The company is prioritizing the preparation of a feasibility study for the super-heavy military transport aircraft and its approval by the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry in 2018, the report says. In early June, Commander of the Russian Military Transport Aviation,…