German Air Force pilots to train in the Estonian air space

In the week of 17 December, the allied pilots from the German Air Force, who are based in Ämari, are conducting training flights in the Estonian air space.

According to the Estonian Defence Forces, the planes are to train all over Estonia in low flying areas, but not lower than 152 metres (500 feet) and away from populated areas.

All NATO allies supply specific areas of their air space for conducting trainings and exercises.

The German Air Force, flying the Eurofighter Typhoons, took over the Baltic Air Policing mission in September 2018. They’re based at the Ämari Air Base.

The Baltic Air Policing mission was established in 2004, to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who have no airborne air defence capability of their own, and was extended indefinitely in February 2012.

The aim of the mission is to prevent unauthorised incursion into the airspace of the Baltic states and its most frequent duty is intercepting Russian aircraft and escorting them from the area. To the west of the Baltic states’ airspace is an air corridor often used by aircraft travelling to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad from territorial Russia.


Cover: Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoons (the image is illustrative).

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