Norwegian F-16AMs arrived in Lithuania this week to take part in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The aircraft flew to Šiauliai airbase, from where they will maintain a Quick Reaction Alert in order to quickly intercept unknown aircraft approaching the Baltic states.
The Baltic Air Policing mission is shared between NATO countries. Over the last four months, Italian and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoons kept an eye over the Baltics, together with Polish MiG-29s and Belgian F-16s.
The Norwegians replace the Italian Typhoons, while the Spanish Typhoons make way for Royal Air Force ones. The Spanish had some close encounters recently.
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Featured image: A bit of spice, in the form of a tiger tailed F-16 from Norway. (Image © Elmer van Hest)