Italian Eurofighters took off from Šiauliai, Lithuania and was joined by Portuguese and Polish F-16s flying in from Poland to conduct aerial combat drills in a specially segregated training area. Meanwhile an Estonian M-28 transport plane took off from Ämari, Estonia, to simulate a loss of communications in Finnish airspace, where it was intercepted by Finnish F-18s, escorted and handed over to German Eurofighters – also from Ämari. The M-28 then continued to simulate a crash landing and triggered the national rescue and response. A group of Estonian media were on-board the M-28 and witnesses the simulated procedures.
An Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 tanker aircraft conducted air-to-air refuelling with Polish F-16 fighters, Finnish and Swedish fighters were involved in air-to-air maneouvres and the German Eurofighters flew Close Air Support missions for Estonian Joint Tactical Air Controllers .
I am confident that this will be another successful hands-on training event here in the Baltic States
These complex training scenarios provide important practice for all Allies and regional Partners. The simulated situations may happen anytime and it is important for all participants to be coordinated in how they apply tactics, techniques and procedures across national borders.
“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,” said Allied Air Command Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Andrew Hansen. “I am confident that this will be another successful hands-on training event here in the Baltic States,” he added.
All players were highly focused on the training. On top of their exercise involvement the German Air Force were scrambled by Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem to launch for a real-world NATO Air Policing mission meeting and escorting a formation of Russian military aircraft flying over international waters off the Baltic Allies’ coast.
The first day of exercise Ramstein Alloy has offered all participants worthwhile training to increase the level of professionalism and cooperation. Day 2 tomorrow will add a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft to the players’ list. The AWACS aircraft is scheduled to control manoeuvres of multiple fighter aircraft and to conduct a flyover of Tallinn in the afternoon on its way home to Germany.