Exercise Ramstein Alloy 20-2 over Latvia got underway with aerial training scenarios for fighter aircraft from Allies France, Poland, the United Kingdom and Partner Finland aimed at honing tactics, techniques and procedures related to quick response to air incidents over the Baltic region.
For the first time our air surveillance and weapons control specialists control air manoeuvres in this exercise series
On the first day, several air combat training scenarios of fighter aircraft were controlled by the Latvian Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) at Lielvarde Air Base. "This is the first time our air surveillance and weapons control specialists control air manoeuvres in this exercise series," says Major Viktors Žigarkovs, CRC Lielvarde Commander.
"Since January 2020, three Control and Reporting Centres in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have ensured air surveillance of the Baltic airspace in their respective territories and near them," he added.
They exchange data and control the sorties of Allied fighter aircraft executing NATO's Air Policing Mission on a rotational basis and provide mutual back-up services..
The training opportunities for rotational Baltic Air Policing assets and regional Allies and Partner Finland provided by Ramstein Alloy help enhance air safety in the Baltic Sea region through practising standard procedures of identifying or assisting aircraft in distress.