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With increasing levels of Russian military activity in the region, Combat Aircraft looks at the current situation regarding Baltic Air Policing as the Polish Air Force leads the NATO mission.

Above: Polish F-16s carry the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper pod, which is ideal for the long-range air-to-air visual identification of targets.

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Two Polish F-16C Block 52+s, armed with live AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles break for the camera.

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