The German Eurofighter detachment augmenting NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission conducted operational training events with an Estonian Air Force M-28 transport aircraft and a German Air Force A400M cargo aircraft.
In addition to providing intercept capability to safeguard the NATO airspace in the Baltic region, the German Eurofighter detachment is engaged in regular training activities to further improve aircrew proficiency and skills, say NATO.
“In an unidentified aircraft training scenario, an Estonian Air Force M-28 transport aircraft simulated a loss of communications with air traffic controllers.
Two Eurofighters were tasked to intercept and establish a visual identification of the M-28, which due to the low speed of the transport plane was a challenge for the fast jets. The focus of participating aircrews and the air traffic controllers was on checking and applying all relevant tactics, techniques and procedures to safely execute the mission.
In Air Policing mission, NATO fighter aircraft are regularly required to intercept slow movers basis which is why training missions like the one with the M-28 are valuable for all involved.”
The German A-400M fleet has recently been upgraded with an air-to-air refueling capability, and three Eurofighters from the German Baltic Air Policing detachment had the first-ever opportunity to receive fuel in an operational scenario.