During the last week of May, the French pilots and their Mirage 2000-5s were scrambled by Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem three times to meet Russian military aircraft and shadow them over international waters off the Estonian coast.
In addition the Mirage pilots conducted training flights with counterparts from the Spanish Air Force F-18s and the Royal Air Force Typhoons; both Allies are also part of the 53rd rotation of NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic region.
The Mirages 2000-5 also flew interoperability training missions with Finnish Air Force F-18s and Swedish Air Force JAS-39s.
This is the eighth time France has deployed fighter aircraft to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The mission also offers ample opportunities for deployed detachments to hone their flying skills while training realistic missions with Allies and Partners.