Posts tagged as Baltic air policing

US to expand Šiauliai Air Base

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, August 13, 2020

On 5th of August Ambassador of the United States of America Robert S. Gilchrist, Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas and other representatives of the Lithuanian and the U.S. Armed Forces visited Šiauliai Air Base to view and discuss the new infrastructure, which could provide necessary conditions for maintaining air defence tasks. It was presented new ground equipment maintenance hangars, helicopter hangars, air operations center, three fighter aprons, up-to-date…

RAF Completes ‘Unique’ Exercise With German Air Force

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

This training was first time a German Eurofighter detachment has been embedded within an operational RAF Expeditionary Air Wing. The RAF has completed a “unique” training exercise with the German Air Force in Lithuania. The exercise, which ran for almost two weeks, was the first time a German Eurofighter detachment has been embedded within an operational RAF Expeditionary Air Wing, the Air Force said. The Royal Air Force is in…

Spain successfully completes first month leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spain will complete its first month leading the current rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission this week, after taking over on the 1st of May. Based at Šiauliai Airbase in Lithuania, the Spanish Air Force is helping to protect the airspace of NATO’s Baltic Allies Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania until the end of August. Spain’s deployment is supplemented by detachments of UK jets at Siauliai, as well as French…

Spanish pilots fly to fight in Lithuania

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

On May the 1st the Spanish Air Force is to take over the lead of Baltic Air Policing, which is NATO’s mission safeguarding the airspace over the Baltic Allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Spanish F-18 fighter home base is Zaragoza Air Base in the northeast of the country some 300 km away from the Capital Madrid. “My country will be actively supporting the mission almost three and half thousand…

To sway Trump on NATO importance, Baltic air policing demonstrates capabilities

Thursday, January 16, 2020

After US President Donald Trump crticised NATO’s importance, air force commanders hope to demonstrate Allies’ contribution to collective  defence  . Established in 2004, NATO planes in the Baltic air policing mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which lack fighter jets of their own, routinely intercept Russian aircraft flying to the Kaliningrad exclave with their transponders turned off and without a pre-filed flight plan. “They are present more or less every…

Belgian jets conduct first Baltic air policing intercept of their deployment

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Belgian Air Force fighters deployed in the Baltic region as part of NATO’s air policing mission from Sept. 3 were scrambled for the first time on Tuesday, the Belgian Air Force announced. Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets intercepted two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft over the Baltic Sea, the Belgian Air Force said on Twitter. The Belgian air detachment operates from the air base in Siauliai, Lithuania. The Russian Ministry of…

Hungarian Gripens showcase new capabilities in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Saab JAS 39C Gripens returned home on 2 September following a four-month deployment to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, during which airmen found the Litening targeting pod and new data links to be especially valuable. As part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing commitment, four Gripens armed with two Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120C5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and two shorter-range AIM-9L Sidewinder AAMs stood on a…

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…

German Baltic Air Policing detachment conducts operational training

Friday, April 12, 2019

The German Eurofighter detachment augmenting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission conducted operational training events with an Estonian Air Force M-28 transport aircraft and a German Air Force A400M cargo aircraft. In addition to providing intercept capability to safeguard the NATO airspace in the Baltic region, the German Eurofighter detachment is engaged in regular training activities to further improve aircrew proficiency and skills, say NATO. “In an unidentified aircraft training scenario,…

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…