The Aeronautica Militare has once again deployed Eurofighters to the Baltic to cover the enduring air policing mission in the region amid renewed tensions.
SINCE 2004, NATO has undertaken the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission to safeguard the airspace in this region by deploying fighters to the Lithuanian Air Force base at Šiauliai in the northwest of the country. Ämari in Estonia was subsequently opened up as the hub for a second, augmenting, detachment. ‘The first [detachment] at the base — in 2014 — was the Royal Danish Air Force with four F-16s’, says Ämari base commander Lt Col Ülar Lõhmus. ‘Since then there have been four German detachments, two British, two Spanish and now the four F-2000A Typhoons of the Italian Air Force.’