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    RAF Typhoons and US B-52s Lead NATO Baltic Air Policing Exercise, Demonstrating Alliance Strength and Readiness

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    In 2023, showcasing a powerful display of allied resolve and military collaboration, NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission conducted a mock interception exercise involving US Air Force B-52 strategic bombers.

    Forward fuselage detail of Boeing XB-52, with Northrop X-4 and Convair B-36 in background. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    Royal Air Force Typhoons, stationed as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission, successfully carried out the simulated intercept over the Baltic region.

    The 1(F) Squadron Typhoons, in conjunction with French Rafale fighters, provided an escort to the B-52 bombers as they traveled in the direction of Western Europe.

    Captured in a series of images, the exercise also involved a French A300 MRTT tanker.

    The United Kingdom’s 140 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) is currently based at Amari Airbase, and continue to serve in the region until August 2023.

    This deployment underscores the RAF’s commitment to the security of the Baltics and bolsters NATO’s collective defense measures.

    France, in response to the crisis in Ukraine, has also stepped up its participation in NATO missions, deploying Rafale fighters to Lithuania and engaging in joint training with Sweden.

    Boeing B-52D-40-BW (S/N 56-0695). Note the GAM-72 Quail decoy missile and trailer near the nose of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    The Baltic Air Policing Mission is a cornerstone of the alliance’s collective defense, ensuring the integrity of the airspace of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

    With a rotational presence from member states, these forces remain on high alert, with the Combined Air Operations Center in Uedem, Germany orchestrating a swift and coordinated response to any potential air threat.

    The strategic message behind these exercises is clear: NATO is unified and capable of defending its members’ airspace.

    As tensions with Russia intensify, NATO’s air policing missions, including the recent mock interception involving US bombers, stand as a testament to the alliance’s commitment to defend its territory and deter aggression.

    This high level of readiness and interoperability is vital not just for the security of the Baltic States but also for the alliance as a whole.

    By integrating forces from across NATO nations and showcasing their ability to operate seamlessly together, the alliance sends a powerful message of unity and strength to potential adversaries.

    They assure member states of NATO’s effective air defense and send a message to potential adversaries that the airspace over and near NATO territory is closely monitored and protected.

    Relevant articles:
    US B-52 Bombers Intercepted By Rafale Fighters, Eurofighter Typhoons During Joint Drills Over Baltic, EurAsian Times, Jul 25, 2023
    Euronews joins NATO pilots training to intercept Russian aircraft in Alliance airspace, Euronews.com, Jul 10, 2023
    Russia Simulates Bombing Exercise in Black Sea as NATO, US Forces Exercise, Air & Space Forces Magazine, Jul 6, 2021
    Russia’s Su-27 Naval Fighters Intercept, Shoot Down NATO Jets Attacking Kaliningrad In New Drills, EurAsian Times, Sep 30, 2023

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