NATO fighters will continue training flights in the skies over Estonia

© U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan SnyderИстребитель NATO F-16. Archival photoNATO fighters will continue training flights in the skies over Estonia© U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

F-16 fighter jets of the air forces of Belgium, which perform a mission to protect the airspace over the Baltic States and are based at the Amari airbase near Tallinn, Monday to Friday conduct daily training flights at low altitudes over the territory of Estonia, said the main headquarters of the Estonian defence Forces.

«Fighter jets of the Belgian air force F-16 will hold a flight at the altitude not less than 152 meters (500 feet) away from populated areas», — stated in the message.

Such flights regularly hosts fighters of the NATO countries carrying out the mission for the protection of the airspace of the Baltic States. The pilots of the Belgian air force came to her on 5 September this year, replacing a contingent of air force Spain four F-18 Hornet.

Flights are conducted on the basis of agreements between NATO countries in specially designated areas. Such areas to fly at low altitudes allocated by the governments of the Baltic States.

The Baltic States have no aircraft suitable for air patrol, therefore since April 2004 (after their entry into NATO) protected airspace involved in the rotation planes of the North Atlantic Alliance, based in Lithuania at Zokniai airfield five kilometers from Siauliai. Amari air base in 2014 became an additional site for NATO aircraft. At the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012, the mission has been extended indefinitely.

NATO fighters will continue training flights in the skies over Estonia© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobacteria NATO expansion

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