German fighter jets to guard Baltic airspace from Estonia base for eight months

  • 2020-08-27
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Fighter jets of the French Air Force that have been guarding the Baltic skies out of the Amari Air Base in Estonia since the beginning of May will be replaced at the beginning of September by jets of the Air Force of Germany, which will see to Baltic air policing out of Amari for eight months in total, Postimees said.

Sigrid Paula Pukk, communication specialist for the Estonian Air Force, said that the Germans will take over the duties on September 1 and this is the seventh time for the German Air Force to deploy to Amari for Baltic air policing, more than any other NATO ally.

She observed that a rotation in NATO's Baltic air policing usually lasts four months and that in January 2021, another Luftwaffe contingent using Eurofighter Typhoon jets will be deployed to Amari.

Germany has begun to give preference to missions lasting eight months based on cost-saving and environmental considerations.

Simultaneously with the change of responsibility for Baltic air policing at Amari from France to Germany, the Italian Air Force will take over similar duties performed out of the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.