Earlier today ten surveillance aircraft from multiple NATO members, including Britain, flew over the Baltics and Ukraine.
The below graphic shows “a collection of NATO and Swedish ISR flights from December 30th, 2021 to January 18th, 2022.”
The following tweets, reproduced with permission, are part of a collaboration between two well known and well respected Twitter accounts. @ameliairheart tracks and details the activities of the aircraft of various armed forces and keeps people informed on what those aircraft are doing, she also has a blog that you can visit here. The blog is recommended reading. @Orion__int is a freelance open-source intelligence analyst known for combining 3D tracks with satellite imagery, you can find him on Twitter by clicking here.
- USN P-8A (PK18x)
- US Army RC-12Xs (YANK01 & YANK03)
- USAF RC-135W (JAKE11)
- USAF E-8C (REDEYE6)
- British P-8A (GURNY01)
- British RC-135W (RRR7205)
- Swedish S100D (SVF604)
- Swedish S102B (SVF623)
- Norwegian 20ECM (NOW717H)
- German P-3C (GNY4500)
In this collaboration with @ameliairheart , we present a graphic showing a collection of NATO and Swedish ISR flights from December 30th, 2021 to January 18th, 2022. Activity in this time period focuses on Kaliningrad and Crimea. https://t.co/LPr7fmhE84 pic.twitter.com/GEhKKjDCJw
— Orion_int (@Orion__int) January 19, 2022
Currently, there is a massive western effort underway related to Ukraine in the face of a potential Russian invasion. Ignoring the surveillance flights, there’s also an effort to arm Ukraine.
According to a statement given by the Defence Secretary in the House of Commons on the 17th of January 2022.
“As of today, tens of thousands of Russian troops are positioned close to the Ukrainian border. Their deployment is not routine, and they are equipped with tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, rocket artillery, and short-range ballistic missiles. I can today confirm to the House that, in light of the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia, and in addition to our current support, the UK is providing a new security assistance package to increase Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems. A small number of UK personnel will also provide early-stage training for a short period of time, within the framework of Operation ORBITAL, before then returning to the United Kingdom. This security assistance package complements the training and capabilities that Ukraine already has, and those that are also being provided by the UK and other Allies in Europe and the United States. Ukraine has every right to defend its borders, and this new package of aid further enhances its ability to do so.
Let me be clear: this support is for short-range, and clearly defensive weapons capabilities; they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence and the UK personnel providing the early-stage training will return to the United Kingdom after completing it.”