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Allied-Partner Exercise Ramstein Alloy takes place in the Baltic airspace

2016.09.28
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On September 27-28 NATO allies and partners take part in Exercise Ramstein Alloy conducted in the Baltic airspace to enhance cooperation and interoperability of air forces in the Baltic region. The tri-annual scheduled exercise hones NATO airspace surveillance and control, air policing, and other capabilities in the Baltic region, including command and control.

 

The exercise trains the current French rotation of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states with Mirage 2000 operating from Šiauliai, and the current augmentation of the mission from Germany operating from Amari, Estonia, with Eurofighter Typhoons. Crews and aircraft from Poland and NATO partners Finland and Sweden also take part in the training event, C-27J Spartan transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force is used for communication loss scenario.

NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) E-3A aircraft provides additional command and control of the participating aircraft and crews, while Latvian Air Force’s helicopter is sent to support combat search and rescue scenario.

 

The exercise also puts to test interaction with civilian ground air traffic controllers assigned by Latvia and Estonia.

 

The Ramstein Alloy series is a continuation of the Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE) which ran in the Baltic region since 2008. Just like its predecessor, Ramstein Alloy is a two-day tri-annual event. Its key objective is to enhance interoperability and cooperation of air forces in the region, train air detachments conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states and the Joint Control and Reporting Centre in Karmėlava providing control for the air policing fighter jets, and to strengthen the cooperation with NATO partners Finland and Sweden.

 

The Ramstein Alloy series is executed through NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command at Ramstein, Germany, and the Allied Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany.

 

Why “Ramstein Alloy”“ ? Organised by NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command at Ramstein, the exercise “alloys” together NATO allies and partners through strong cooperation into a final result that is better than either of the initial components alone, as an alloy is.

 

POC: PPAO for the Lithuanian Air Force Base Captain Ieva Gulbinienė, 00370 686 00655

 

Credits: Captain Ernestas Karanauskas

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