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.
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”.