View of the Hungarian armed fighters, JAS-39 Gripen, from an airplane window is an unusual and beautiful view. They have not appeared in the air “just like that” – these were the maneuvers of NATO – Baltic Region Training Event 22 (BRTE 22), which involved aircraft from Baltic countries and machines performing duty under the Baltic Air Policing mission. These exercises were organized at the end of September and lasted two days.
One of the tasks within these flights was intercepting aircraft in the air – in this case 2 Eurofighters and 2 Gripens intercepted a Lithuanian C-27J Spartan. There were also other trainings – joint flights formative with fighters of different countries, AAR operations (Air-to-Air Refueling) or CAS (Close Air Support) mission – in collaboration the United States Air Force, as well as missions CSAR (Combat Search Air Rescue) realized by helicopters.
The exercises involved fighters and planes from Lithuania and Estonia (in this mission Baltic Air Policing) as well as Finnish F-18, the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen and the SAAB-2000 designed for electronic warfare and Boeing E-3A AWACS of NATO.
Thanks to the great cooperation with NATO’s Allied Air Command and the Lithuanian Air Force we would like to present a unique gallery of this project, together with Air-to-Air photographs of machines performing 39th rotation of the Baltic Air Policing. For more information and images we invite you to read the PL Aviation Revue 11/2015 and our publications associated with BRTE22.
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