NATO Partners Perform Live-fly Exercise Flights Over Baltic

On April 20 and 21, air forces from four Allies and two Partners and a NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft conducted live-fly coaching flights in segregated training areas and international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

NATO Partners Perform Live-fly Exercise Flights Over Baltic

The goal of Training Ramstein Alloy 20-1 is to practice procedures and coordination processes among Allies and Companions. Belgium and Poland F-16 fighter aircraft, in addition to Lithuania C-27 transport aircraft and a SAR helicopter, German Eurofighter aircraft, and an A400M air-to-air refueler operated with Finnish F-18 and Swedish JAS-39 fighters during a number of scenarios.

All plane deployments and missions had been managed by the Control and Reporting Centres at Karmelava and Tallinn; a NATO AWACS aircraft also controlled Polish and German fighters and Belgian and Swedish fighters throughout their air-to-air combat exercise.

All contributors are flown in from their home bases: Belgian F-16 and Lithuanian plane from Siauliai, Lithuania, Polish F-16 from Ämari, Estonia, German Eurofighters and A400M transport plane from Germany, and Finnish and Swedish fighters from their respective bases.

On day 1, the central situation was one that occurs continuously in the airspace over all Allies – a COMLOSS situation where a pilot of a plane loses communications with civilian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

This triggered the response and coordination processes required to handle such an event from registering the COMLOSS plane to launching the fighters and intercepting, identifying, and handing over the aircraft. Finnish F-18 and Polish F-16 fighters conducted this exercise

By Brooks Schroth

Brooks is a 25-year technology sector veteran with a background in enterprise software, market research, electronics, mobility, and digital imaging. He has been a photographer and developed remote control plane since highschool. Further, Brooks combined his ardor for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by learning aerial photography from human-crewed aircraft.

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