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 Sep 18 2020

Routine Allied and Partner Interoperability Drills in the Baltic Region

RAMSTEIN, Germany – On September 21 and 22, the third Ramstein Alloy exercise this year will see Allied and Partner air forces and a NATO E-3A AWACS plane come together to conduct live-fly training flights in segregated training areas and international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

The third and last Ramstein Alloy exercise will be hosted by Estonia, and Allies Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland Portugal, Partners Finland and Sweden as well as NATO E-3A AWACS are scheduled to participate in the training drills with more than 20 aircraft. 

Regular training and cooperation with our regional Allies and Partners is essential to ensure we have an effective force in place to safeguard the Baltic Region
 

“Through the diligent work of Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem, Host Nation Estonia and the other participating nations, another challenging programme has been put together to practice tactics, techniques and procedures for regional quick response aircraft,” said Allied Air Command Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Andrew Hansen. “Regular training and cooperation with our regional Allies and Partners is essential to ensure we have an effective force in place to safeguard the Baltic Region,” he added.

The focus of the event will be on the training of drills, procedures and processes for quick reaction forces that safeguard the skies in the region. Simulated scenarios of communications loss, slow mover intercept, search and rescue, air-to-air refuelling, Close Air Support training with Estonian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and aerial combat – so-called Dissimilar Air-to-Air Combat Training or DACT – will enable the exercise activities. Together Allies and Partners will enhance interoperability and further develop capability in the region.

A media event for Estonian media will take place at Ämari Air Base and on September 21 offering journalists first-hand impressions of how NATO Allied and Partner air forces train together. The focus of the media event will be a flight on the Estonian Air Force M-28 light transport plane during communications loss and search and rescue events.

For more than twelve years, Allied Air Command at Ramstein and NATO’s Northern Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany, have organised Air Policing training events hosted by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Ramstein Alloy series provides a vital opportunity to exercise all these crucial standards of air safety and security with several different assets and nations. It is often used by Allied and Partner air forces to conduct currency training for their fighter jets and tanker aircraft.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

An Italian Eurofighter twoship conducting a training mission. The Italian Air Force, currently leading the NATO Air Policing mission out of Lithuania, are participating in the exercise in the interceptor role. Archive photo courtesy Italian Air Force.
An Estonian Air Force M-28 light transport aircraft will simulate a loss of communication triggering an intercept by Allied and Partner fighters. Archive photo courtesy Bundeswehr.
A German Eurofighter twoship during a training mission; augmenting NATO Air Policing in the Baltic region, they will fly alongside Allies and Partners during Ramstein Alloy 20-3. Archive Photo by Kevin Schrief/Bundeswehr

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