Norske F-16 og italienske Eurofighter Typhoon i formasjon over Siauliai Air Base, Litauen. Norge overtok QRA-beredksapen på Baltic Air Policing-oppdraget (BAP) 1. mai 2015.Norske F-16 og italienske Eurofighter Typhoon i formasjon over Siauliai Air Base, Litauen. Norge overtok QRA-beredksapen på Baltic Air Policing-oppdraget (BAP) 1. mai 2015.http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/lst_02704.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=2587Norske F-16 og italienske Eurofighter Typhoon-er i formasjon over Siauliai flybase i Litauen. Norge ledet Baltic Air Policing-oppdraget fra mai til september 2015. Norwegian F-16s and Italian Eurofighter Typhoons in formation over Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania. Norway led the Baltic Air Policing mission from May to September 2015.
2015-07-30 (U) SU-34 FULLBACK 001-22015-07-30 (U) SU-34 FULLBACK 001-2http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/2015-07-30 (U) SU-34 FULLBACK 001-2.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3593Et norsk F-16 i forkant av fire russiske jagerfly av typen Su-34 «Fullback».A Norwegian F-16 in front of four Russian Su-34 fighter jets, "Fullback".
2015-07-30 (U) MIG-31 FOXHOUND 0012015-07-30 (U) MIG-31 FOXHOUND 001http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/2015-07-30 (U) MIG-31 FOXHOUND 001.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=3592Fire russiske jagerfly av typen Mig-31 «Foxhound».Four Russian Mig-31 fighter jets, "Foxhound".

Baltic Air Policing

From May to September 2015, the Norwegian Air Force guarded Baltic airspace. Norway participated with four F-16 fighter jets.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Baltic nations Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have been members of NATO since 2004, but because of limited own capacities, the Alliance handles the air policing in the Baltics. This means that the other NATO partners alte​rnate on managing the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) in the Baltics.​

​Norway held the QRA responsibility from 1 May to 31 August 2015. The Air Force deployed around 65 soldiers and other persons to Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. During the four months, almost 300 Norwegians took part in the QRA mission.

The mission involved four Norwegian F-16 fighter jets, of which two were constantly ready to act. The Air Force also sent three liaison officers to the Control and Reporting Centre​ in Karmelava, Lithuania.During the four-month period, Norwegian pilots had 30 scrambles with a total of 50 identifications of Russian aircrafts outsid​e Baltic airspace. ​​​​

In addition to the Norwegian force, the United Kingdom contributed from its established Ämari Air Base in Estonia. Belgian F-16 fighters placed in Poland supported too. 

Norway has previously taken part in air policing in the Baltics – in 2005 and 2007/08.​​

Published 01 September 2015 14:34.. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.