British F-35 jets have landed in Estonia as they prepare to undertake air patrols over Eastern Europe to deter Russia from taking any aggressive actions against NATO members.

According to a statement from NATO here:

“The F-35 Lightnings from RAF Marham, UK joined other Allied 5th Generation fighters provided by the US Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Air Force who are taking part in air patrols over Eastern Europe. This activity provides air policing of NATO airspace ensuring a robust and integrated shield for Allied airspace and contributing to the security of Europe.

This new deployment will see the aircraft based alongside Belgian F-16s where they will be better postured to support the ongoing NATO mission. They will join other Allied 4th and 5th Generation fighters carrying out patrols over Polish and the Baltic States’ airspace.”

Group Captain Philip Marr, Station Commander, RAF Marham, was quoted as saying:

“The F-35 is an incredibly capable and versatile aircraft. Operating alongside the Typhoons they are maintaining the integrity of the European airspace and contributing to the NATO Mission,” said Group Captain Philip Marr, Station Commander, RAF Marham. “The 5th Generation Fighter is a world beating aircraft which can simultaneously provide Information Warfare, Intelligence gathering and Air-to-Air missions.”

Earlier I reported that British F-35Bs were also joining British Typhoon jets in an effort to reinforce NATO air policing efforts in Eastern Europe.

British F-35 stealth jets deploy in effort to reinforce Europe

The Royal Air Force say here that the Lightnings from RAF Marham also joined the Typhoon jets taking part in pre-planned Enhanced Vigilance Activity, “a NATO led Operation initiated due to the unfolding events in Ukraine. This activity provides air policing of NATO airspace ensuring a robust response to the Russian aggression seen in Ukraine and further contributing to the security of Europe”.

 

George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. He also works for the NHS. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
34 Comments
oldest
newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Mark F
Mark F
1 month ago

Considering we have 24 in the UK what do you reckon? Total of 4 for this deployment?

Louis
Louis
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark F

Four would be the absolute minimum, depending on the length of the deployment there may be 8.

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Louis

You know the Netherlands only deployed two I believe.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  John
Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

I’snt it rather odd that they never seem to mention the actual numbers being deployed?

Marked
Marked
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Not really, as things stand why do a potential enemies intel gathering for them?

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

We have announced the amount of Typhoons after all and Holland announced 2 F35

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

Spot on

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Marked

We mentioned the additional Typhoon numbers so why not the F-35? It would send a very clear message to the Russians surely.

“Four additional UK Typhoon jets have landed at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus as part of efforts to deter Russia as tensions mount.”

https://www.forces.net/news/britain-deploys-more-fighter-jets-cyprus-amid-russia-tensions

Rob N
Rob N
27 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

I am sure not knowing how many F35s we sent would concern Russia more then knowing exactly. The F35 is a more sophisticated asset then Typhoon and capable of stealthy strike missions… more of a threat to Russia. The fact is we the public do not need to know how many were sent and the Russians by extension do not need to know.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
27 days ago
Reply to  Rob N

“The F35 is a more sophisticated asset then Typhoon and capable of stealthy strike missions…” No longer the case, fortunately. Digital Means Adaptable “Importantly, the Typhoon’s advanced, reprogrammable EW suite allows the aircraft to react to a constantly-changing threat environment in ways that physical stealth cannot. Consider today’s threats. The latest surface-to-air missile systems are having their hardware regularly upgraded, are being networked and can change their behaviour almost instantaneously via software reprogramming. In short, they are constantly evolving, creating a dynamic and challenging threat environment. This means that the advantage of aircraft which use traditional physical stealth technology, which… Read more »

Last edited 27 days ago by Nigel Collins
Sean the real Sean
Sean the real Sean
26 days ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

There is no comparison , F-35 is in another category altogether . Typhoon is an public works program pushing out antiquated irrelevant decoy targets that are too expensive and you would be better off with some cheap Loyal wing man craft .

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
26 days ago

“There is no comparison, F-35 is in another category altogether”

Correct, It will be of little use to us until the delivery of Block 4 software which is now scheduled for delivery in 2029 hence the reason the US is looking for a new 4.5 gen aircraft.

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

The Russians know how few we have just like we do; I don’t think this will bother them too much.

There again, they’ve made a royal pig’s ear of their air campaign thus far so maybe they will sit up and take notice!

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Any 5th gen platforms will worry them as Ukraine has actually showed to the world that the modern Russkie mil is just as shite as the Cold War 80s lot! Most of their “new” and modern assets don’t seem to be what they claim!

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago
Reply to  Airborne

Yes you only need a few 5th generation platforms to provider sensor synergy and information sharing nodes for all your 4+ plus aircraft to destroy an all 4th generation airforce before it really has the situational awareness to fight back.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Airborne

In fairness the 80’s lot were probably better.

They are using mostly 80’s kit and are wondering why when they have an iPhone in their pocket……

Airborne
Airborne
1 month ago

Agreed 👍!

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
1 month ago

Good. Just good.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

On a side note, i see that the French have withdrawn their engineers from the European 6th Generation fighter jet project n a row over work share. Geez, no-one saw that coming 😆

Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Hi Jack – shades of the original Eurofighter in the 1980s all over again!

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Klonkie

And Concord(E)?

Klonkie
Klonkie
1 month ago

nice one SB!

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

What the French wanted most of the work load and manufacturing, that must be a huge departure for usual French negotiations.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Time to invite the Germans into Tempest ! cash to spend……..sorry…dont know what came over me.

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

No. The Germans join programmes wait until the design is ready to enter production then dont order the numbers they promised. Result= unit price increased for other partners. Keep Germany out of Tempest. We can sell them some as long as made in UK when the programme reaches fruition.
German defence is a mess. They are having to spend massively just to catch up.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

My comment was a feeble attempt at humour but the behaviours you list sound very much like the UK MOD over the past 20 years. Eurofighter, F35 , T45, T26, a400, Wildcat… At this stage a contribution to development costs is a contribution to development costs. If we work on premis that UK wants to proceed then any German need for XX volume of units would still be XX units above what otherwise would have been ordered. A contribution to scale.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Bell

Agreed!

Mr Bell
Mr Bell
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack

Thats hillarious. The French will screw the Germans over. Take the technology out of the programme and design their own new Rafale2 to sell internationally.
They have form for doing this.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago

What is so frustrating is that NATO as such an advantage it could stop the Russian armed forces in there tracks and allow Ukraine to remove the invader. In really the is not about NATO not wanting to help or not being able to simply stop Russia in its track. NATO could and everyone would support it as justified. It would also re instate western geopolitical loss of influence and make China a lot more considered in any future aggression. But this is not about NATO conventional power it’s all about Nuclear Weapons and a conflict between nuclear powers. It’s… Read more »

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonathan

I think the issue at the beginning was that NATO didn’t really believe just how useless Russian forces were.

After long drawn out wars in Sandy places belief in shock and awe had evaporated.

If the reality of the whole thing being totally blow in 12 hours or less had sunk in then a more aggressive approach might well have followed.

The loss of Russian conscript kids would have been colossal and terrible.

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago

you may be right that the western decision makers just did not figure the qualitative difference in western military compared to Russia. We maybe need more faith in our own power and ability. After all the west was shocked just how behind Soviet hardware was compared to the Western forces in the early 1990s, Our own equipment has improved significantly since then T45 vs T42. Our SNN fleet of trafalgars were better than anything the Soviets but in the water and the Astutes are a step change above the trafalgars, all the Russian boats are either Cold War relics 30-40… Read more »

Specylecky
Specylecky
1 month ago

Is the UK deploying F-35s to Estonia and on-board HMS Prince of Wales at the same time?

Esteban
Esteban
28 days ago
Reply to  Specylecky

No. There are no fixed wing aircraft on any UK aircraft carrier at the moment.