NATO Tests Integration of Fourth and Fifth Generation Combat Aircraft Over Baltic | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NATO Tests Integration of Fourth and Fifth Generation Combat Aircraft Over Baltic

On June 29-30 NATO members and partners conducted air exercises over the Baltic Sea and the Baltic states. Twenty aircraft from NATO members Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey and NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner Finland participated in second iteration of the Ramstein Alloy exercise. The alliance gave its account of the event the headline of Allies and Partners Test 4th and 5th Generation Interoperability in Baltic Region.

The fifth-generation aircraft involved was an Italian F-35 stealth multirole combat aircraft, the first time a fifth-generation aircraft has been deployed for NATO Air Policing. Italy, the U.S., Britain and Israel recently conducted joint F-35 maneuvers in Italy.

As part of what appears to be designed to keep Russian radar and military observers on a 365-days-a-year alert in the region, coming as the drills did immediately on the heels of the large-scale Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) war games, the new exercise was conducted in conjunction with the NATO Air Policing mission based in the Ämari Air Base in Estonia which, with the Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, has hosted regular rotations of multinational NATO combat aircraft for years, in the second case since 2004.

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